Tag Archives: Syrphidae

Life and Death on Mt. Greylock

This past weekend I attended my third Berkshire BioBlitz. At my first one in 2011, I barely left the parking lot at the summit of Mt. Greylock and photographed 166 different species of insects and arachnids. This time, Julia and … Continue reading

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Falls

The forecast for today was for 90°F in western Massachusetts, so I planned to go for a morning walk and then hide in the house for the rest of the day.  I was waylaid for a bit by the discovery … Continue reading

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Late Bloomer

This time of year I’m always on the lookout for witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) flowers.  One last burst of life before everything shuts down for the winter.  They usually start to appear in the middle of October, but this year … Continue reading

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More Thoughts On That Tiny Stalked Egg

In my last post I showed this photograph of a tiny, stalked egg I found on the surface of a bolete, and suggested it might belong to a eucoiline figitid wasp. Matt Buffington, a specialist in figitid wasps, wrote to … 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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