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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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Balloon-faced Flies, Part 2

A week ago, I wandered to the edge of my yard and noticed some agromyzid fly leaf mines in the bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera) that I’m fairly sure are unknown to science.  So I stuffed a good number of leaves into … Continue reading

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Monthly Mystery #7: Clothesline Egg Sacs

On page 43 of Tracks & Sign of Insects, I included a photo of “a mysterious and very common egg sac, almost certainly of a long-jawed orbweaver (Tetragnathidae).”  Here is another example, showing the full length of the “clothesline” from which … Continue reading

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Egg on a Leaf-footed Bug

On March 17, the night before embarking on the southeastern road trip from which my car has yet to return, I noticed a tachinid fly egg on the head of a Western Conifer Seed Bug (Coreidae: Leptoglossus occidentalis) in my bathroom. … Continue reading

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