Tag Archives: Hymenoptera

The 2018 Leafminer Season Has Begun!

Today on a short walk in the woods behind my house, I found some leaf mines like these on bristly/swamp dewberry (Rubus hispidus): A closer look at the one in the upper left corner of the above photo: I first … Continue reading

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A Hard-won Moth

You may recall that last spring I wrote a series of three posts that each highlighted something I hoped people would keep an eye out for; the last of these was a moth whose life history I had pieced together … Continue reading

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Another Progress Report (Goofing Off in the Desert)

Remember at the beginning of last year when I announced that I had finished making¬†keys to the known leaf mines on every plant genus in the US and Canada? I noted that “this project can never really be finished, because … Continue reading

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Introducing Fenusa julia

The summer before last, Julia and I took a trip out to Colorado and some Midwestern prairies, partly to visit some friends and partly to fill in some gaps in our leafminer explorations (which had taken us all around the … Continue reading

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Cocoon Within a Cocoon Within a Cocoon

The diamondback moth (Plutellidae: Plutella xylostella) is a European species that is now found all across North America, the larvae feeding on various plants in the mustard family (Brassicaceae). Apparently it’s considered a pretty serious pest, but I’d take it … Continue reading

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Hiding in Plain Sight

…would be a suitable title for any of the posts about tiny bugs that I regularly write here, I guess, but it seems especially appropriate in this case. The story begins in September 2012, when occasional BugGuide.net user Greg Dodge … Continue reading

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Mailbag

People regularly¬†send me photos of mystery objects and other bug-related phenomena to see if I recognize them. Often I’m able to respond with a precise (or approximate) identification, and that’s the end of it. Other times I’m intrigued by the … Continue reading

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