Tag Archives: Nepticulidae

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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Green Islands (Part 2), and Another Mystery Moth

(Note: For those who have already read yesterday’s post, I’ve added a little more information at the end after hearing back today from Jerry Powell, who described the genus Areniscythris in 1976.) Last January I wrote about the “green islands” … Continue reading

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Tiny Bugs from Tiny Leaves

I’ve now finished uploading plant photos from last fall’s road trip through the western states.  If you’d like to help with identifying them, you can see them all organized by location here.  Thanks to those who have helped out already; … Continue reading

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Dill Moths (and others)

On Tuesday I noticed webbing at the tops of some dill plants in the garden, with moth pupae suspended within.  Most webs had a single pupa, but this one had three: Investigating further, I saw that the developing seeds on … Continue reading

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Norway Maple Seedminer

Two weeks ago I was walking across the Amherst (Massachusetts) town common and I had two minutes to kill before a bus arrived, so I stopped under a Norway maple tree to see if I could find any mines of … Continue reading

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Adapting to New Menu Options

Exotic plants–those that have been introduced to new habitats by humans in recent history–tend to be conspicuously free of signs of feeding by insects.  Most plant-feeding insects are highly host-specific, and the lack of insect herbivores keeping them in check … Continue reading

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Supplejack Leafminers

The internet is a wonderful thing.  Within minutes of my last post, James C. Trager of Missouri (on Facebook) and Cheryl Lavers of Arkansas (on this blog) had identified my mystery plant as Berchemia scandens, known as Alabama supplejack or Rattan … Continue reading

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