Author Archives: Andy Deans

Woolly catkin gall

I found these beautiful galls in my yard this weekend, while doing yard work: It’s likely woolly catkin gall, made by a wasp: Callirhytis quercusoperator (Osten Sacken, 1862) (Cynipidae). We’ve started another large project here at the Frost, but I’ll … Continue reading

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2019 sort session #17 – What to do about residues?

I used our last sort session to liberate space in the teaching collection — primarily because we need to expand our arachnid offerings but also because we are accumulating people’s leftover trap offerings at an unsustainable rate. It was a … Continue reading

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2019 sort session #16 and new taxa

Here’s a quick follow-up from last week’s sort session. Of the ~80 specimens I prepared I ended up adding three species, one genus, and one family(!) that were new to the collection: Pelecotoma flavipes Melsheimer, 1846 (Coleoptera: Ripiphoridae) Canifa (Coleoptera: … Continue reading

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2019 sort session #15

Yesterday’s sort session was much more in line with what I think of as a “traditional” sort session – separating a Malaise trap sample into subsets of arthropods, across all orders. This particular trap was set up in my back … Continue reading

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2019 sort session #14

We had a busy sort session today! Lots of people there, with multiple projects getting worked up. My focus, with some help from another, was primarily the longhorn beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from the PDA: I also spent time mounting up specimens … Continue reading

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