Tag Archives: larva


Clytus ruricola

  Said to be a wasp mimic, Clytus ruricola, the Round-necked Longhorn (Family Cerambycidae) is a wood-boring beetle whose larva feed mostly on maple. The adult is a pollen feeder and, in this case, is making […]

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Pavel Krásenský Photographs Mating Strepsiptera

This is one of an amazing sequence photographed by Pavel Krásensky … Strepsiptera or Twisted-wing parasites are a bizarre internal parasites of bees and wasps. Their life-cycle begins similar to the oil beetles (Meloidae). From NC State […]

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Cutworm with Parasitoids – First timelapse results

For the history of this cutworm, please see Cutworm with Parasitoids – Intro. The movement of hundreds of parasitoid larvae within the cutworm were slight, and barely noticeable to the naked eye. Under magnification – […]

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Cutworm with Parasitoids – Intro.

During a macro workshop I presented at the the Crop Diversification Centre South in mid-May, I was given a cutworm specimen by Shelley Barkley and Scott Meers. This was not an ‘ordinary’ cutworm – the 20 mm portly-type that […]

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The Week on Sunday 20

Overwhelmed with work this weekend, so this Week on Sunday is short. ♦ Just out earlier this week, science blogger Carl Zimmer’s TedEd talk on the jewel wasp (Ampulex compressa) and the parasitic relationship with cockroaches… This […]

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What’s Eating Your Delphiniums?

(This is a modified article from my now defunct blog, Gardening Zone 3b) Beginning in the first week of May, our new up-and-coming delphiniums, larkspur and monkshood plants are subject to infestation by the larva of Polychrysia esmeralda, the leaf-tier […]

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New Research: A Life History of Butterflies Raised by Ants

A new article in Psyche. A Journal in Entomology, details the life of Aricoris propitia (Lepidoptera: Riodinidae), a butterfly that spends its larval period under the care of fire ants (Solenopsis saevissima (Smith)). In this association, the butterfly benefits […]

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Can egg-laying sawflies stimulate self-defense in a tree?

Blogging recent research: The Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is a well-known hardy coniferous tree often used in the landscape by designers and gardeners. It originates in Eurasia, and in northern Europe, it is the only native […]

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