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Coelidia olitoria: A Retrospective

Today Andy Hamilton of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has been busily working through photos of leafhoppers (Cicadellidae) and related insects on BugGuide.net and leaving comments with identifications (100+ comments today as of this writing).  One of these was to confirm that … Continue reading

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Early Bloomers

Snowdrops and crocuses in gardens might beat them to it sometimes, but the first native plants to flower where I live are always the skunk cabbages (Symplocarpus foetidus). I saw my first ones of the year on Monday (March 12). … Continue reading

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Tiny Things With Frilly Wings

On a recent crawl through the woods near my house, a white and thoroughly nondescript bracket fungus caught my eye.  It was so plain-looking that I didn’t imagine I would ever know its name, but looking in George Barron’s Mushrooms … Continue reading

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Stinkhorns

Not far from the dead squirrel, I encountered something else that was attracting a lot of flies.  The smell was far more intense and unpleasant than from the squirrel parts, yet it wasn’t decomposing at all, but in the prime … Continue reading

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Life on a Bolete

Time for another installment of my celebration of fungus fauna.  The day after Hurricane Irene came through my woods, I went for a walk to survey the damage.  There was practically none, as it turned out, other than the hickory … 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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Puffball Bugs

The fungi are out in force right now, as are all the creatures that feed on them.  This week I’ve been particularly drawn to puffballs. On Wednesday I noticed a little wasp walking around on a gem-studded puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum). … Continue reading

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Forked Fungus Beetles

I’ve always been a big fan of artist’s fungus (Ganoderma applanatum), also known as artist’s bracket or artist’s conk.  This shelf fungus is so named because if you scratch the white lower surface, dark marks are produced, and these are … Continue reading

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Return of the square mesh cocoon

In my first post, I wrote about a mysterious moth cocoon from Singapore with the puparium of a tachinid fly inside. Tonight, Jaap Vogel of Queensland, Australia sent me some photos of what appears to be the same type of … Continue reading

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