Tag Archives: Braconidae

Pesky Parasitoids, Part 3

First, another quick update on the leafminer book. Some people have asked if there’s a way to get it without recurring monthly payments, and/or by writing a check rather than going through Patreon. At the same time, Patreon recently announced … Continue reading

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Marsh Marigold Menagerie

In the spring of 2013, I wrote about the four-toed salamander surveys I was conducting at the time, which involved crawling around in swamps all over northwestern Massachusetts. On June 1, the last day of the survey, Julia tagged along, … Continue reading

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Connecticut BioBlitz

A month ago Dave Wagner got in touch with me and Julia, saying we were needed at the 2016 Connecticut State BioBlitz on June 3 and 4. He wanted to make sure leafminers were properly represented in this attempt to break … Continue reading

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Introducing Scolioneura vaccinii

When Julia and I embarked on our big western road trip in search of leafminers in the fall of 2012, we kept encountering what appeared to be sawfly mines on Vaccinium species in western Washington. The plants are known as huckleberries … Continue reading

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Leaf-mining Leafrollers

Today the latest issue of the Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society arrived in my mailbox, including the second note I’ve written for the journal.  This reminds me that I never wrote a blog post about the subject of my first note, … Continue reading

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Previews of Parasitoids

Lately I’ve taken to getting backlit shots of leaf mines by removing one of the Twin Lite flash heads and holding the leaf on top of it, so that when the flash goes off the mine is illuminated from both sides. … Continue reading

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Enchanter’s Nightshade Bugs

I should probably begin this post by introducing you to the featured plant, with which I think few people are familiar, despite its being right up there with bastard toadflax and mad-dog skullcap among the plants with the best common … Continue reading

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