Tag Archives: Braconidae

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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Balloon-faced Flies, Part 2

A week ago, I wandered to the edge of my yard and noticed some agromyzid fly leaf mines in the bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera) that I’m fairly sure are unknown to science.  So I stuffed a good number of leaves into … Continue reading

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More Micro-tracking

I deliberately waited until I had finished my first book before buying the MP-E 65mm macro lens, because I wanted to focus on making a guide to things that people can actually see.  Now that I have it, though, it … Continue reading

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Flies from a Goldenrod Leaf

As part of my survey of gall-making and leaf-mining species of Nantucket last summer, I collected a number of Elliott’s goldenrod (Solidago latissimifolia) leaves with mines like this one: Beginning three days later, agromyzid flies emerged from these mines over … Continue reading

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Mysteries on a Shadbush Leaf

Yesterday I woke up somewhere in western Montana (in the Lolo National Forest, to be a little more precise) and, as I’ve been doing wherever I find myself lately (national parks, rest areas, city streets, backyards, etc.), I had a … Continue reading

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A Close Call?

This evening I went for a short walk to collect some mosquitoes to feed the spiderlings I’m trying to raise.  On the way back I found these two insects standing perfectly still at the edge of a leaf: The wasp … Continue reading

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