Tag Archives: Cecidomyiidae

Giving Wasps Their Due

I often see pie charts like this one suggesting that about a quarter of all insect species are beetles. Suspiciously, other sources (e.g. here) say beetles represent about a quarter of all animal species, and Wikipedia goes so far as to say … Continue reading

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Things To Look For This Spring, Part 3

First, a quick update on the hackberry galls: Mike Palmer has found a bunch of them in Oklahoma, and in fact they may already all have been abandoned there. Some of them have holes near the base, and others have … Continue reading

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Things To Look For This Spring, Part 1

I have a pretty much endless mental list of natural history mysteries that I would like to follow up on at some point, but there are several that, for various reasons, are in the front of my mind right now. A few of … Continue reading

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Introducing Megaselia nantucketensis

In my ongoing survey of gallmakers and leafminers on the island of Nantucket, I have been trying where possible to verify the identities of these insects by actually rearing them to adults. And so in May of 2012, I collected … Continue reading

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Green Islands

In Idaho at the end of September, 2012, Julia and I noticed some striking green spots on dogwood leaves that were otherwise senescing. As you may have noticed, each of them was centered along a major vein.  When we flipped … Continue reading

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Horse Balm Bugs

Back in September, Noah asked me if I had any interest in some galls he’d found on horse balm (Collinsonia canadensis), a native woodland mint that looks like this: He described them as “like giant butterfly eggs,” and the photo he … Continue reading

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Hackberry Midge Galls Revisited

In yesterday’s mail I was pleasantly surprised to find a copy of Raymond J. Gagné’s new paper on hackberry gall midges*.  As promised, I am following up with more information on the galls pictured in this post from two years ago. … Continue reading

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