Tag Archives: Iowa

Balloon-faced Flies, Part 3

Twice before, I’ve posted photos of agromyzid flies freshly emerged from their puparia (hardened larval skins in which they pupate), with their faces grotesquely inflated. You may recall that since adult flies have no chewing mouthparts, they emerge from their … 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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Monthly Mystery #19: Aster Leaf Tubes

As I mentioned here, I normally can’t be bothered with leafrollers, leaftiers, etc. ¬†Not so much because the thousands of leafminers (not to mention gallmakers) in North America are enough to keep me busy for a while as because what … Continue reading

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Dogwood Hole Punchers

In anticipation of driving across Iowa last September, I asked John Pearson for some suggestions of places to stop and explore. ¬†Thanks to him, I saw some interesting little prairie relics and a fen that I never would have found … Continue reading

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