Tag Archives: Platygastridae

Why You Should Let Me Collect Bugs On Your Land With Impunity

Last year I posted some of my most interesting finds from the June 18 Berkshire BioBlitz on Mt. Greylock—at least, the ones that were most immediately visually interesting. There were several more significant discoveries that I didn’t want to write about … Continue reading

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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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