Tag Archives: Prunus

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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Connecticut BioBlitz

A month ago Dave Wagner got in touch with me and Julia, saying we were needed at the 2016 Connecticut State BioBlitz on June 3 and 4. He wanted to make sure leafminers were properly represented in this attempt to break … Continue reading

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More Sawfly Art

Two years ago I posted this photo of a sawfly larva feeding on a black cherry (Prunus serotina) leaf on Nantucket. I suspected it was Sterictiphora prunivora (Argidae), based on Harrison G. Dyar’s (1897 ) description of that species eating a “curious winding … Continue reading

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Spring Moth

You may recall that last spring I found a sawfly larva eating a distinctive pattern in a black cherry leaf, and was going to try to raise it.  Well, on June 17 I noticed a tiny inchworm (about 2.5 mm long) … 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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Sawfly Art

As soon I was done watching the molting spider yesterday, I turned around and saw this unusual pattern on a black cherry leaf: On close inspection, I saw (as you can plainly see at this level of magnification) that this pattern … Continue reading

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Extrafloral Nectaries

Last weekend I participated in the Berkshire BioBlitz, a 24-hour event in which people gathered on Mt. Greylock in Adams, Massachusetts to see how many different species of animals, plants, and fungi they could find.  Since there are generally plenty … Continue reading

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