Common House Spider

“House spider” is, of course, a name that’s applied to lots of different species in lots of different countries. Today, The BugLady takes a look at the Parasteatoda tepidariorum, or the Common House Spider. Because they hang around human habitation, they are the most encountered spider by people in North America.

Leaf Miners

Today, the BugLady takes a look at leaf miners, or small insects in the larval stage that live between thee surface cells of leaves. As J.R. Lowell says, “There’s never a leaf nor a blade too mean to be some happy creature’s palace.”

Bugs without Bios XII

The BugLady is feeling a little cranky. It’s snowing as she’s writing this – 3” to 5” are expected, and the temperatures predicted for the next week mean that the snow’s not going anywhere soon, so the newly-returned robins, cranes and killdeer will be very unhappy – and she’s leading her first woodcock and frog walk in three weeks. To take our minds off of the snow, here are a few insects about which the information is sparse, though they are undoubtedly worthy.

Sedge Sprite Redux

Dragonfly season can’t come soon enough. This BOTW is a renovation of a BOTW from five years ago – some new thoughts, all new pictures. Apologies – life is busy.
The BugLady is looking forward to chasing Sedge Sprites again this year. They hang out in the kinds of low, dark, inaccessible places that require contortions by photographers – places that both need a flash and are overpowered by one.

Monarch Butterfly

It’s hard for us to wrap our minds around how populations of an organism that occurs by the millions (like the horseshoe crab, of recent BOTW fame) could be threatened. And yet.

Bugs in the News IV

Ever since the BugLady started her “Bugs in the News” sub-series, alert BugFans have been sending links to articles they’ve come across. Thanks, BugFans! Alas, to view a few of these, you have to wade through some ad content.

And Now for Something a Little Different III – Timberdoodle

Howdy, BugFans, This episode has been adapted from the Spring, 2010 issue of the BogHaunter, the newsletter of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog; it was written by the BugLady, wearing a different hat. Woodcocks were a big part of… Read More

Horseshoe Crab Update

Back in 2011, the BugLady wrote about a spectacular arthropod called the Horseshoe crab that pre-dates insects by maybe 100,000,000 years. Despite the fact that they occur by the millions, horseshoe crabs are facing dire threats to their populations, and the BugLady wondered if anything had changed since the original episode. New text, old text, and pictures of a 1 ½” long, translucent, infant horseshoe crab that washed up on Sanibel long ago, that the BugLady happened to have in her collection. Put your feet up – this takes some telling.

Galls VI

As veteran BugFans can attest, the BugLady is intrigued by galls. How many kinds are there? To quote from the first BOTW on galls (October, 2009) “Lawlor, in Discovering Nature Close to Home, states that North American plants support more than 2,000 kinds of galls – 800 different kinds form on oaks alone, about 125 kinds on roses, and more than 50 kinds on goldenrods (genus Solidago).”

Least Skipper Butterfly

The BugLady is inching through her skipper butterfly pictures, staring at the ones she’s simply labeled “skipper” and trying to attach names to them. Early results suggest that she does not know the secret handshake yet.