Tag Archives: Platygastridae

Giving Wasps Their Due

I often see pie charts like this one suggesting that about a quarter of all insect species are beetles. Suspiciously, other sources (e.g. here) say beetles represent about a quarter of all animal species, and Wikipedia goes so far as to say … Continue reading

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Introducing Megaselia nantucketensis

In my ongoing survey of gallmakers and leafminers on the island of Nantucket, I have been trying where possible to verify the identities of these insects by actually rearing them to adults. And so in May of 2012, I collected … Continue reading

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Sticky Plants

When you use a technical botanical manual to identify a plant, you will often encounter vague references to “glands” or “glandular hairs” on various plant parts, without any indication of the functions of these structures. Four years ago I wrote about … Continue reading

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Wingless Wonderings

Over the winter I received a box of Nuttall oak acorns from Mississippi, containing cynipid wasp galls.  Over the past couple of days, several of these tiny (~1.5 mm) wasps have emerged: The wings aren’t deformed; all of the wasps … Continue reading

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Stink Bug Egg Parasitoids

Back in May I shared this image of a platygastrid wasp guarding the stink bug eggs into which she had inserted her own eggs: A few days later, I found a cluster of stink bug eggs that were unattended, but … Continue reading

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Predatory Sawflies

In my last post, I showed a photo of a sawfly visiting extrafloral nectaries, and I alluded to another observation from the same day that made me wonder whether sawflies might benefit plants with extrafloral nectaries in the same way … Continue reading

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Mud-covered Eggs

For whatever reason, one of things I’ve most wanted to find since writing my book is the mud-covered eggs of certain ground beetles described on page 285.  The only photo I have seen of these is in S. W. Frost’s … Continue reading

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