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Another Day, Another New Species

Five years ago this month, Julia and I were nearing the end of our first (and longest) trip around the US in search of leafminers. Walking up a desert wash near Tucson, Arizona, we encountered a leguminous shrub that was … Continue reading

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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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Known Unknown or Unknown Unknown?

This 6-mm moth is a typical representative of the genus¬†Cremastobombycia (Gracillariidae). Larvae form “underside tentiform” mines on leaves of plants in the aster family (Asteraceae). The mine starts out as a flat blotch on the lower leaf surface, then becomes … Continue reading

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How It All Started

Today is an anniversary of sorts. The first weekend of August 2007, I¬†was up in Vermont to perform at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival with my band, PossumHaw, which had formed while I was in grad school in Burlington. Before … 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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