Bug of the Week

Forked Fungus Beetle Redux

Note: All links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady has been out counting migrating raptors. Here’s a rerun of an episode about an amazing beetle that the BugLady encountered in the late spring of 2014. Every once… Read More

Therion Wasp

Note: All links below go to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady stood on a boardwalk in a wetland for about half an hour trying to photograph this amazing wasp as it dodged through thickets of sedges, ferns, and orchids,… Read More

And Now for Something a Little Different XI – Pitcher Plants

Note: All links below go to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady was on a wetland walk years ago when someone asked the leader “Why do pitcher plants grow here?” His answer, simple and elegant, “Because they can.” Indeed, there… Read More

Late Summer Reflections

Note: All links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady has been out looking for bugs as the summer winds down; her dragonfly and butterfly surveys have been yielding fewer and fewer species these days. It has been… Read More

Two-spotted Tree Cricket

The BugLady had a visitor at her front door the other day – a Two-spotted tree cricket. When they think of tree crickets, most people picture a delicate, flat, green member of the genus Oecanthus. Oecanthus tree crickets, with a… Read More

Have you seen this fly???

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady was poking around in a wetland toward the end of May when the Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) was in bloom. As she photographed its flower, a syrphid fly or two buzzed in. Any flower shot is… Read More

Northern Amber Bumble Bee

Howdy, BugFans, This one’s dedicated to BugFan John – it was an honor. The BugLady has been enjoying an abundance of bumble bees on the prairie recently, despite the fact that, along with the start of the tree cricket chorus,… Read More

Silver-bordered Fritillary Butterfly

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady’s excursions onto the prairie are always enhanced by the sight of the almost-monarch-sized (2 ½”-3 ½” wingspan) Great Spangled Fritillaries sailing along among the flowers. They come by their names honestly – great and spangled indeed… Read More

Big Orbweaver Spiders Revisited

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady has been having too much fun recently, taking pictures, so she dusted off this episode from November, 2012 and added some new words and new pictures. For years, the BugLady has been amassing shots of big,… Read More

Black Witch Moth

Howdy, BugFans, BugFan Marjie sent some “what-is-it?” pictures recently, of a lunker moth perched on one of her outbuildings. The BugLady didn’t need to hit the books to ID this one, it’s been on her “Most Wanted” list ever since… Read More