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Hackberry Midge Galls Revisited

In yesterday’s mail I was pleasantly surprised to find a copy of Raymond J. Gagné’s new paper on hackberry gall midges*.  As promised, I am following up with more information on the galls pictured in this post from two years ago. … Continue reading

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Goldenrod Rosette Galls, Part 3

Last August I mentioned I was heading off to do some work in Maine and that I might bump into some more of the seaside goldenrod rosette galls that were only known from a single example I had collected on … Continue reading

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Flies from a Goldenrod Leaf

As part of my survey of gall-making and leaf-mining species of Nantucket last summer, I collected a number of Elliott’s goldenrod (Solidago latissimifolia) leaves with mines like this one: Beginning three days later, agromyzid flies emerged from these mines over … Continue reading

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Midges from Desert Blooms

Well, I’ve just finished the fifth of the ten reports I have to submit by the end of the year, so I suppose I can afford to pause for a moment and fill you in on some breaking news in … Continue reading

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Goldenrod Rosette Galls, Part 2

On September 8 last year, while conducting a survey of galls and leaf mines of Nantucket, Noah Charney, Sydne Record, and I came across this rosette gall on seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens) at the west end of the island: As … Continue reading

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Hickory Midge Galls

I just stepped out to grab a couple of oak leaves to feed some sawfly larvae that I’m accidentally raising, and on the way I peeked under a hickory branch that was jutting out over the road, and discovered a … Continue reading

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Bugs on Bluets

Yesterday afternoon I took a short walk before some much needed rain clouds settled over western Massachusetts.  I came to a patch of bluets (Houstonia caerulea), common wildflowers that often don’t seem to have much going on with them in … Continue reading

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Hanging Flies and Hangingflies

Three years ago in Noah Charney’s mother’s driveway, I spotted a long-legged insect hanging from the edge of a leaf.  I wondered if I had found a hangingfly (Bittacidae), which is not a true fly but a member of the … Continue reading

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Grape Midge Galls

On June 13 a friend brought me some sprigs of her grape vine that were covered with succulent swellings.  They seemed like a good match for the drawing in Gagné (1989)* for Janetiella brevicauda, but this statement made me want to double-check: … Continue reading

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Hackberry Midge Galls

I’m in Burlington, Vermont for the week, and I’ve been taking advantage of the relative abundance of hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) trees here in the Champlain Valley to look for the galls of Celticecis midges.  Gall midge specialist Dr. Raymond J. … Continue reading

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