Tag Archives: Quercus rubra

Acorn Weevils

It’s another mast year for red oak (Quercus rubra) in my neck of the woods, which means that for the past couple of weeks, large nuts have been raining down from the treetops, making it a little treacherous to go for … Continue reading

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Previews of Parasitoids

Lately I’ve taken to getting backlit shots of leaf mines by removing one of the Twin Lite flash heads and holding the leaf on top of it, so that when the flash goes off the mine is illuminated from both sides. … Continue reading

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Oak Slug

On June 23, 2012, I was working in northern Maine when I noticed some leaf mines I didn’t recognize on a red oak (Quercus rubra) sapling.  I paused to photograph them, and within a few minutes it was raining.  While … 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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A Stylish Little Wasp

I’ve now made it up to the end of March in my photo sorting, and just came across some photos I took of something that emerged from a leaf mine collected last November. This is the mine of a Stigmella species (Nepticulidae) … Continue reading

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Ant-attracting Galls

A few months ago I mentioned that Hurricane Irene had brought down some interesting galls from the treetops, and I’m just now getting to that point in my photo sorting.  There was one spot in the woods where the freshly … Continue reading

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Leaf-rolling Weevils

I love how each little discovery leads to another.  Today I was walking the trail at Holland Glen in Belchertown, MA, with some members of the Kestrel Land Trust, for whom I will be leading an animal tracking walk this … Continue reading

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