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Monthly Mystery #21: Double Cocoons

On pages 219-220 of Tracks & Sign of Insects, I described the cocoon of Neurobathra strigifinitella (Gracillariidae) according to the account of Heinrich and DeGryse (1915)*. I then included a photo of a mysterious cocoon found on the underside of a sugar … Continue reading

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More Firewood Dwellers

I’ve been splitting a lot of firewood lately, and every once in a while I hit a log just right to reveal something interesting inside.  Everything shown below came from red maple, just as the beetles and wasps shown here … Continue reading

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Fall Cleaning

The November before last I posted a picture of some wasp larvae a friend had found in the burrow of a wood-boring beetle larva while whittling by a campfire.  The following May, I posted photos of the adult pteromalids.  I suppose it was … Continue reading

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Dill Moths (and others)

On Tuesday I noticed webbing at the tops of some dill plants in the garden, with moth pupae suspended within.  Most webs had a single pupa, but this one had three: Investigating further, I saw that the developing seeds on … Continue reading

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Norway Maple Seedminer

Two weeks ago I was walking across the Amherst (Massachusetts) town common and I had two minutes to kill before a bus arrived, so I stopped under a Norway maple tree to see if I could find any mines of … Continue reading

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