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Zucchini Monster

Back on October 21, I spotted a weird little thing inching along the kitchen counter, where Julia had recently set a pile of zucchini from the garden.  Its head was constantly bobbing and swinging around, but eventually I managed to … Continue reading

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Monthly Mystery #23: A Frothy Balloon

Although unidentified leaf mines are the main mysteries occupying my mind lately, I don’t want y’all to get burned out on that topic, so I just spent a little time searching through my photo archives for something else to ponder. I … 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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Another Mystery Host Plant

Last week Owen Lonsdale gave me a first batch of identifications from the big box of agromyzid fly specimens I sent him a few months ago. Unfortunately, of the ten species represented, he was only able to put species names … Continue reading

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Fixing the Lawn

When Julia and I first moved here in August, our front yard looked like this: Some people might not see anything wrong with this picture, but to me the only thing worse than a neatly mown lawn would be if … Continue reading

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Texas Bugs

Having devoted three posts to miscellaneous bugs I photographed in southern Arizona last November, I’m going to fill this one with my favorite photos from the Chihuahuan Desert of western Texas, where we spent a few days before heading back … Continue reading

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Using Bugs to Identify Plants

Thanks to everyone who weighed in on the mystery plant!  I added a note at the end of that post, but the consensus seems to be that the plant is redberry (Rhamnus crocea, or possibly R. ilicifolia). Here’s another one, this … Continue reading

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