Tag Archives: Betulaceae

How It All Started

Today is an anniversary of sorts. The first weekend of August 2007, I was up in Vermont to perform at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival with my band, PossumHaw, which had formed while I was in grad school in Burlington. Before … Continue reading

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Birch Munchers, Large and Small

The woods behind our house were logged not long before we moved here, and as a result there are lots of black birch (Betula lenta) saplings around. Yesterday on my morning walk I spotted this amazing caterpillar eagerly devouring the … Continue reading

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Sawfly Connections

It’s always satisfying to meet some strange new insect, only to discover that it is another life stage of a very familiar one.  This has happened to me twice now with sawflies. In early July, I photographed this sawfly in … Continue reading

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Microhymenopterists Wanted

This “underside tentiform” mine in a hazelnut leaf was made by a larva of the moth Phyllonorycter intermixta (Gracillariidae). As seems to be the case more often than not with leaf mines, what emerged from it was not the insect … Continue reading

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Leaf-mining Weevils

On my recent road trip I got a chance to photograph several insect signs that I had described in my book but had never seen in person before.  The first of these was in Ohio, where on May 26 I … Continue reading

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