Tag Archives: Phyllonorycter

Moths From A Willow Leaf

Over the past few days, a break in fieldwork has given me a chance to start catching up on going through my photos from this year—I’m exactly five months behind at the moment. On March 19 I finally got to … Continue reading

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Things To Look For This Spring, Part 3

First, a quick update on the hackberry galls: Mike Palmer has found a bunch of them in Oklahoma, and in fact they may already all have been abandoned there. Some of them have holes near the base, and others have … Continue reading

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Northwestern Cherry Miners

Amazingly, I managed to finish catching up on sorting my backlog of tens of thousands of photos before the end of 2013.  The next round of sorting involves my hundreds of actual reared insect specimens.  I already got all my … 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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Microhymenopterists Wanted

This “underside tentiform” mine in a hazelnut leaf was made by a larva of the moth Phyllonorycter intermixta (Gracillariidae). As seems to be the case more often than not with leaf mines, what emerged from it was not the insect … Continue reading

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Brand New Leafminer

This discolored patch discreetly tucked between the veins of a basswood (Tilia americana) leaf is the leaf mine of Phyllonorycter lucetiella (Gracillariidae), a moth. This is one of the first leafminers I ever raised to adulthood, from a leaf I collected in … Continue reading

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A Winter Visitor

Just now, I noticed something other than (well, in addition to) the usual fruit fly buzzing around the lamp by my desk.  It turned out to be some sort of moth in the family Gracillariidae: This 7-mm moth has a … Continue reading

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