Tag Archives: Cynipidae

Gall Wasp Parasitoid

Greetings from sunny Davis, California!  Although I’m on a quest for leaf-mining insects, it’s hard not to get distracted by the diversity of bizarre cynipid wasp galls on the various oaks around here.  Today I got to see a torymid … Continue reading

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Oak Apples & Plums

In the final hours before our deadline, as we finished up the introduction to Tracks & Sign of Insects, Noah threw in this sentence: “We no doubt missed many things and probably misidentified a few.”  I knew the first part was … Continue reading

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Ant-attracting Galls

A few months ago I mentioned that Hurricane Irene had brought down some interesting galls from the treetops, and I’m just now getting to that point in my photo sorting.  There was one spot in the woods where the freshly … Continue reading

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Acorn Pip Galls

Last month Noah Charney, Sydne Record, and I spent four days surveying the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts for galls, leaf mines, and other species-specific invertebrate signs.  The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative had put out a request for proposals for research that … Continue reading

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Mushroom Wasp

A quick follow-up to my last post, in which I showed a photo of an diapriid wasp on a puffball.  Yesterday I photographed another tiny wasp on a mushroom, and whereas the puffball wasp flew away after the first shot, … Continue reading

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A Flurry of Emergences

I had four different insects emerge (or try to emerge) yesterday, and I think I’ll just show them all here rather than make four different posts. First, to follow up on my last post, another Tischeria quercitella mine yielded an … Continue reading

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Scrub Oak Swellings

On March 19 I walked up a hill in my town called Mount Lincoln.  When I got to the top I remembered why I never go there; like many high points around here it is denuded by an access road, … Continue reading

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Oak Flake Galls

Last week while I was documenting a vernal pool for a client, I spotted a swamp white oak leaf that was covered with fuzzy brown galls, about 4 mm in diameter, on the underside.  I stuffed the leaf in a … Continue reading

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First parasitoid of spring

Since the beginning of March, the signs of spring have been trickling in: arrival of turkey vultures and red-winged blackbirds; migration of blue-spotted salamanders on the first rainy night; skunk cabbage blooming; various insects and spiders becoming active again.  This … Continue reading

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