Tag Archives: Stigmella

Birch Munchers, Large and Small

The woods behind our house were logged not long before we moved here, and as a result there are lots of black birch (Betula lenta) saplings around. Yesterday on my morning walk I spotted this amazing caterpillar eagerly devouring the … Continue reading

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Green Islands (Part 2), and Another Mystery Moth

(Note: For those who have already read yesterday’s post, I’ve added a little more information at the end after hearing back today from Jerry Powell, who described the genus Areniscythris in 1976.) Last January I wrote about the “green islands” … Continue reading

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Tiny Bugs from Tiny Leaves

I’ve now finished uploading plant photos from last fall’s road trip through the western states.  If you’d like to help with identifying them, you can see them all organized by location here.  Thanks to those who have helped out already; … 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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Adapting to New Menu Options

Exotic plants–those that have been introduced to new habitats by humans in recent history–tend to be conspicuously free of signs of feeding by insects.  Most plant-feeding insects are highly host-specific, and the lack of insect herbivores keeping them in check … Continue reading

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Supplejack Leafminers

The internet is a wonderful thing.  Within minutes of my last post, James C. Trager of Missouri (on Facebook) and Cheryl Lavers of Arkansas (on this blog) had identified my mystery plant as Berchemia scandens, known as Alabama supplejack or Rattan … 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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