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A most bizarre and mysterious cocoon

I’ve never “reblogged” something before (and maybe I won’t again, now that I see that WordPress ignores the paragraph breaks in a reblog), but several people have forwarded this to me, asking for my thoughts on it, and it does … Continue reading

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Molting Orchard Orbweaver

This afternoon in the Nantucket State Forest I met an orchard orbweaver (Tetragnathidae: Leucauge venusta) that was just completing the process of sliding out of its old skin, which was hanging from a thread and twisting in the breeze.  I … Continue reading

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Monthly Mystery #7: Clothesline Egg Sacs

On page 43 of Tracks & Sign of Insects, I included a photo of “a mysterious and very common egg sac, almost certainly of a long-jawed orbweaver (Tetragnathidae).”  Here is another example, showing the full length of the “clothesline” from which … Continue reading

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Spider Parasitoid

I have much too much going on right now to be writing blog posts, but I’m waiting for an oil change at the moment, so let’s see what I can do… On the first night of our road trip we … Continue reading

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Adventures in Alabama

(This post turned out to be a bit more long and rambling than I intended.  I won’t be offended if you just skip through and look at the pretty pictures.) It was all going so well until we pulled into … Continue reading

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Spider vs. Spider, part 2

There’s something I find compelling about an image of a spider eating another spider, so here’s another one.  I found this little scene on a lady fern frond while taking the compost out late last July.  The spider doing the … Continue reading

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Life in an Old Phoebe Nest

Thanks for all the suggestions of places to go in the Southeast! I’ve got some good leads and a number of generous offers from people I’ve never met. Meanwhile, I’ve made it to the end of last May in my … Continue reading

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Halloween Bugs

Two weeks ago on Mary’s Peak in Oregon’s Coast Range, Julia and I found a couple of these caterpillars sporting a striking Halloween color scheme: A quick internet search for “orange and black caterpillar” revealed them to be larvae of … Continue reading

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Garden Wasp

I’ve been too busy writing reports lately to post anything here, and for the rest of this month I will be doing fieldwork in Maine, with little or no free time or internet access.  So I thought I’d dash off … Continue reading

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Kleptoparasite

This morning was a good time for insect photography–it was chilly enough that a lot of things that normally would have jumped, flown, or scurried away were sluggish enough that they let me get my lens right in their faces … Continue reading

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