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The Yard List(s), Part 19

First, another announcement: This coming Friday morning I’ll be presenting another free webinar; this one is titled “Native Plants as Insect Habitat.” I’ll go through a number of common native New England plants and discuss some of the host-specific bugs … Continue reading

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The Yard List(s), Part 18

Seems like every time I lay out a long litany of the latest leafminers from my yard, one gets left out as I’m scanning through my recent photos. Here’s one more from June 28: Leafminer #94: Agromyza reptans (Agromyzidae), on … Continue reading

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The Yard List(s), Part 17

I held off on writing another “yard list” post until I’d met my self-imposed deadline of June 30 for updating the fly chapter of my leafminer book. Now that that’s out of the way, I’ve got some catching up to … Continue reading

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Free leafminer webinar at 7PM EST!

In case you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, and don’t get the occasional emails Noah Charney and I send out from our “Northern Naturalists” account, and haven’t subscribed to my leafminer book, and haven’t heard enough about leafminers from me through … Continue reading

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The Yard List(s), Part 16

Before I launch into listing the latest leafminers to appear in my yard, I have a request related to these mines I found on a grape leaf back on June 10: Linear mines on grape leaves are made by larvae … Continue reading

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The Yard List(s), Part 15

Lots of new things to report, as usual… First, I forgot to mention this leaf mine I found on Saturday (June 13) on the old apple tree by the chicken coop: This is so far an entirely epidermal mine: the … Continue reading

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The Yard List(s), Part 14

A couple of weeks ago, I ended a post by mentioning that I’d just cooked up some milkweed shoots, adding: …don’t worry, there is plenty left for the monarchs, and the milkweed tussock moths, and the large and small milkweed … Continue reading

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The Yard List(s), Part 13

It’s getting hard to do anything in the yard without bumping into another new leafminer or sawfly to document. #49: Nemorimyza posticata (Agromyzidae).  I found several mines of this species on Canada goldenrod (Asteraceae: Solidago canadensis) around the house yesterday and … Continue reading

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The Yard List(s), Part 12

If you have somehow been keeping up with all these posts, you will recall that back in Episode 10 I found a sawfly larva on lady fern (Athyrium angustum) next to my house. Yesterday I stepped out the front door … Continue reading

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The Yard List(s), Part 11

Now that I’ve declared my intention to find as many sawfly larvae as possible, they’re starting to show up everywhere I look. Today Julia and I made a rare trip away from home, lured by the news from my mother … Continue reading

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