Category Archives: Solved Mysteries

Jujube Tubes

I often get emails with requests for identifications of strange objects, and usually these are things that can be identified using my book.  Every once in a while, though, I’m treated to bizarre little mysteries from the other side of … Continue reading

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New Zealand Zigzag

Since I started paying attention to invertebrate tracks and signs, I have become especially interested in leaf mines.  A leaf mine is the trail left by an insect larva–it could be a moth, fly, beetle, or sawfly–feeding between the epidermal … Continue reading

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Square-mesh cocoon mystery solved!

Well, that didn’t take long!  Jaap Vogel sent his photos to Dr. David Britton of the Australian Museum, who recognized the cocoons as belonging to Cyana meyricki, or at least something very closely related*.  This species is one of the … Continue reading

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Return of the square mesh cocoon

In my first post, I wrote about a mysterious moth cocoon from Singapore with the puparium of a tachinid fly inside. Tonight, Jaap Vogel of Queensland, Australia sent me some photos of what appears to be the same type of … Continue reading

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Bug tracker, at your service.

Okay, I might as well make it official.  Ever since my book, Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates, was published, people have been sending me photos of strange and wonderful things and asking me what they are.  I … Continue reading

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