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petenoewoods

Date

January 29, 2011 02:41 PM HST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Here's the story: A spiny witch hazel gall aphid (Hamamelistes spinosus) was born on a river birch leaf in or near Frick Park in the spring of 2009. She sucked on the leaf and pumped out offspring asexually. A few months later, her great grandchildren mated and the females flew away, looking for a witch hazel. They laid their eggs on a witch hazel twig, and the eggs didn't hatch until spring of 2010. The baby aphids started sucking on flower buds, and a gall grew around each one. By late summer the galls were full-grown and each mama aphid had raised a brood of winged aphids, which flew off to look for a river birch. Then the galls hung on the branch until I found them this week.

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petenoewoods

Date

July 6, 2011 11:08 AM HST

Description

about 4 mm long. Found on the underside of a hackberry leaf in Frick Park. I was inspired to look for these by Charley Eisman:
bugtracks.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/hackberry-midge-galls/

Thanks to Ray Gagne for identifying the specimen to species.

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petenoewoods

Date

September 5, 2011 01:31 PM HST

Description

cap color ranged from bright orange, like this, to brown, like in the following picture.

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What

Baltimore Checkerspot Euphydryas phaeton

Observer

petenoewoods

Date

June 23, 2011 01:12 PM HST

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petenoewoods

Date

October 12, 2011 10:52 AM HST

Description

apple snail egg mass

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What

Blue-ringed Dancer Argia sedula

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petenoewoods

Date

October 12, 2011 11:12 AM HST

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What

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper Romalea guttata

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petenoewoods

Date

October 12, 2011 03:16 PM HST

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What

Common Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus communis

Observer

petenoewoods

Date

September 25, 2011 05:08 PM HST

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petenoewoods

Date

October 8, 2011 10:04 AM EDT
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