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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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Introducing Brachys howdeni

The state flower of Massachusetts is mayflower, which no longer seems an appropriate name since it blooms in April these days (I even saw some flowers in March this year). Another name for this plant is trailing arbutus, and I’ve … Continue reading

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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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More Fun With Scuttle Flies

The first days of April have brought January weather to my region and the January issue of Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington to my mailbox. The latter includes descriptions of a new species of gall wasp that has recently … Continue reading

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Updates On Some Mystery Moths

This month’s issue of the Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society includes an article of mine* discussing two leaf-mining moths I’ve written about here previously. The first is an oak-mining eriocraniid that I had expected to be Dyseriocrania griseocapitella when I collected the … Continue reading

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Progress Report

Today I reached a major milestone in my leafminer book project: I’ve now made keys to the known leaf mines on every plant genus in the US and Canada. To do this, I had to review the published natural history information … Continue reading

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Silk on Stink Bug Eggs, Part 2

In my last post I wrote about a little wasp in Mexico that apparently spins silk over stink bug eggs after it inserts its own eggs inside them. Several people had told me confidently that it was a pteromalid, so I … Continue reading

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