Tag Archives: Caloptilia

The Yard List(s), Part 10

Yikes, I let more than a week go by since my last report on the yard lists. I guess I’m due for an update! First the leafminers… #32: Pegomya bicolor section (Anthomyiidae). On May 30 I saw the beginnings of mines … Continue reading

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The Yard List(s), Part 7

Last night I finished revising and updating the Lepidoptera chapter for the second edition of Leafminers of North America, and when I got to the end I was reminded that some species of Leucania (like the ill-fated one I wrote about … Continue reading

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The Yard List(s), Part 6

First of all, check out this lovely rhodora (Ericaceae: Rhododendron canadense): This is a shrub of bogs and other wet habitats that I don’t get to see very often—or didn’t until now. I picked this one up last fall at … Continue reading

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Monthly Mystery #22: Bunchberry Squiggles

Last week I was back in Maine to finish up work on the natural resource inventories I’ve been conducting there.  On Tuesday, some reddish lines radiating from bunchberry (Cornus canadensis / Chamaepericlymenum canadense) leaf bases caught my eye. The first set of … Continue reading

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February Moth

The night before last, as I was brushing my teeth, I caught the twirling of a little antenna out of the corner of my eye.  I turned so see this 5.5-mm moth perched on the bathroom wall: As you can … Continue reading

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A Winter Visitor

Just now, I noticed something other than (well, in addition to) the usual fruit fly buzzing around the lamp by my desk.  It turned out to be some sort of moth in the family Gracillariidae: This 7-mm moth has a … 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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