Tag Archives: Lepidoptera

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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More Evening Primrose Moths

Two years ago I wrote about the striking pink and yellow moths I found resting on evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) flowers by my mailbox, and how I later found the caterpillars feeding on the young seedpods. That same summer, I … Continue reading

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Quality Control

On June 22, I was doing botanical work in a shrub swamp in Southbridge, Massachusetts when I found this 5.5-mm larva on the underside of a highbush blueberry (Ericaceae: Vaccinium corymbosum) leaf: I find little tents like this from time … Continue reading

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A Hidden Masterpiece

Last December,¬†Jennifer Kleinrichert¬†sent me this photo of a polka-dotted larva (prepupa) surrounded by an elaborate silken structure, wondering if I knew what it was: My response: I’m afraid I don’t know this one… I’ve seen a photo of something similar … Continue reading

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Bean Borer

Last August, Julia noticed a few holes in some string beans in the garden. One of holes had droppings pouring out of it, and we could see someone fuzzy inside. I opened this tunnel up for a better look at … Continue reading

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Birch Munchers, Large and Small

The woods behind our house were logged not long before we moved here, and as a result there are lots of black birch (Betula lenta) saplings around. Yesterday on my morning walk I spotted this amazing caterpillar eagerly devouring the … Continue reading

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