Tag Archives: Ericaceae

Quality Control

On June 22, I was doing botanical work in a shrub swamp in Southbridge, Massachusetts when I found this 5.5-mm larva on the underside of a highbush blueberry (Ericaceae: Vaccinium corymbosum) leaf: I find little tents like this from time … Continue reading

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Introducing Brachys howdeni

The state flower of Massachusetts is mayflower, which no longer seems an appropriate name since it blooms in April these days (I even saw some flowers in March this year). Another name for this plant is trailing arbutus, and I’ve … Continue reading

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Sticky Plants

When you use a technical botanical manual to identify a plant, you will often encounter vague references to “glands” or “glandular hairs” on various plant parts, without any indication of the functions of these structures. Four years ago I wrote about … 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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Alpine Excursions

Yesterday a beautiful wolf spider I posted to BugGuide nearly four years ago finally got identified: Arctosa alpigena (Lycosidae). Although it was quite a while ago, I clearly remember taking that picture.  I was standing on a cold, blustery ridge of … Continue reading

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More Manzanita Markings

Continuing to make my way through photos I took in northern California last October, I just came across these shots of the trunk of a gnarled old manzanita (Arctostaphylos).  The remaining bark looks as if someone poured melted red wax … Continue reading

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Monthly Mystery #6: Manzanita Scrapings

A few weeks ago I was sent the photos below, with these comments: I found it on the bark of manzanita (Arctostaphylos) in Napa County, California on March 31. . . It resembles feeding sign of a rabbit because the … Continue reading

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