Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Room 101, Museum of Comparative Zoology, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

Cambridge Entomological Club

Charley Eiseman, freelance naturalist and author, will present "Life in a Leaf: The Wonderful World of Leafminers." 

Leafminers are insect larvae that spend at least part of their lives feeding between the epidermal layers of leaves. Over 2000 species of moths, flies, beetles, and sawflies are found in North America. Leafminers are usually host-specific, and the mines vary considerably depending on what insect produces it. As a result, it is often possible to identify the responsible insect using only the hostplant and mine characteristics. After eight years of research, traveling throughout the continent, and collecting and rearing thousands of leafminers, Charley has completed a guide to the North American species that includes keys to the mines found on each plant genus. He will introduce the major groups of leafminers, as well as share some new discoveries.

Charley Eiseman is a freelance naturalist based in western Massachusetts. He has been conducting plant and wildlife surveys and natural resource inventories throughout New England for the past twenty years, as well as teaching courses and workshops on interpreting animal tracks and sign (both vertebrate and invertebrate). He holds an MS in Botany (Field Naturalist) from the University of Vermont and a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Management from the University of Massachusetts. Charley is the author of Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates (Stackpole Books, 2010), Leafminers of North America (self-published e-book, 2019), and an insect-themed blog called “BugTracks.” He has also published about 40 scientific papers on insect natural history, including the description of over 60 new species.

The talk is free and open to the public. The meeting is readily accessible via public transportation. Parking is available in the Oxford Street Garage with advance arrangement, as described here, or (usually but not always) at spaces on nearby streets. Everyone is also welcome to join us for dinner before the talk (beginning at 5:45 PM) at the Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave., Cambridge.

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Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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