Tag Archives: Phyllocnistis

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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Virginia Creeper Miners

A year ago today, I was finishing up several weeks of fighting my way through horrible thickets of sweet pepperbush and greenbrier in southeastern Massachusetts, where I was visiting pre-established plots to identify plants for the UMass CAPS project. I … Continue reading

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Tuliptree Leafminer

Eleven years ago I dug up a less than knee-high tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera) sapling from my friend’s yard in southern Connecticut and planted it in my parents’ front yard in Pelham, Massachusetts.  I live near this tree’s northern range limit, … Continue reading

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Early Leafminers

On a walk in the Mount Holyoke Range on April 18, I came across a patch of golden ragwort (Senecio aureus) with many linear mines in the young leaves.  These are the only leaf mines I have seen so far … Continue reading

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