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Life and Death on Mt. Greylock

This past weekend I attended my third Berkshire BioBlitz. At my first one in 2011, I barely left the parking lot at the summit of Mt. Greylock and photographed 166 different species of insects and arachnids. This time, Julia and … Continue reading

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Ragweed Residents

This is the time of year that everybody is ragging on ragweed (Ambrosia spp.)—at least, everyone who realizes that it is the pollen of this plant, and not goldenrod, that is responsible for their summer allergies. At times like this, … Continue reading

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A Complete Guide to Things That Eat Sea Lavender

Before I get started here, I wanted to point a few things out: 1. If you have an email subscription to this blog, I highly recommend clicking on the title rather than just reading the version that shows up in … Continue reading

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Woolly Aphids

Today as I was driving across Vermont I saw a lot of milkweed seeds floating in the breeze. These were the first I had noticed this year, maybe more because I haven’t been spending much time in open fields than … Continue reading

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Late Bloomer

This time of year I’m always on the lookout for witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) flowers.  One last burst of life before everything shuts down for the winter.  They usually start to appear in the middle of October, but this year … Continue reading

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Kleptoparasite

This morning was a good time for insect photography–it was chilly enough that a lot of things that normally would have jumped, flown, or scurried away were sluggish enough that they let me get my lens right in their faces … Continue reading

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More Thoughts On That Tiny Stalked Egg

In my last post I showed this photograph of a tiny, stalked egg I found on the surface of a bolete, and suggested it might belong to a eucoiline figitid wasp. Matt Buffington, a specialist in figitid wasps, wrote to … Continue reading

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