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Monthly Mystery #14: Holes and Tunnels in Agave Leaves

On page 302 of Tracks & Sign of Insects, there is a photo of a fleshy yucca leaf riddled with holes, next to a close-up of the eggs Noah found in one of the holes.  As explained in the text, after … Continue reading

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More Mallow Miners

A few weeks ago I wrote about a mystery plant from Arizona that I suspected was a mallow because of its leaf mines and the fly that had emerged from one of them.  Among the few responses I got, there … Continue reading

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Using Bugs to Identify Plants

Thanks to everyone who weighed in on the mystery plant!  I added a note at the end of that post, but the consensus seems to be that the plant is redberry (Rhamnus crocea, or possibly R. ilicifolia). Here’s another one, this … Continue reading

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Arizona Bugs, Part 3

Here’s my final (for now) installment of photos from last November’s trip to Arizona.  The first several were taken in the vicinity of Tucson. At the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, I saw this Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis), the only metalmark (Riodinidae) … Continue reading

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Arizona Bugs, part 2

If I had to pick a favorite spot out of all the places we explored on our two-and-a-half-month road trip last fall, it would be Madera Canyon in southern Arizona.  The scenery there isn’t particularly eye-catching; in fact, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Arizona Bugs

In my photo sorting I’m now up to early November of last year, when Julia and I spent a day at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument at the southern edge of Arizona.  Although we found some interesting leafminers there, what … Continue reading

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Monthly Mystery #3: Covered Egg Mass

I didn’t mean to make two “what the heck is this?” posts in a row, but it’s the first of the month and therefore time for another Monthly Mystery.  This one is an egg mass I found on a manzanita … Continue reading

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