Bug of the Week

Compton Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Compton Tortoiseshell butterfly

(Note: All links below are to external sites.) Greetings, BugFans, This butterfly needs a better name!  (More about that, later) The BugLady found this beauty in the woods on a cool April day. Like the Mourning Cloak, of recent BOTW… Read More

White-marked Spider Beetle

White-Marked Spider Beetle

(Note: All links below are to external websites and leave the UWM website.) Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady found this cute beetle crawling up the outside of her house on a warm day in early spring about five years ago, and… Read More

Listing the Monarch

monarch butterfly

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady wrote this article for the newsletter of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory (an organization that would love to have your support). Although they meet the criteria to be included as a Threatened species… Read More

Galls VII

gall on cedar apple

Howdy, BugFans, Plant galls are swellings formed on the outsides of flowers, buds, leaves, veins, petioles, stems and/or trunks. Many are stimulated by animals, but some are caused by fungi and bacteria, and technically, the thickened bark tissue where two… Read More

Mourning Cloak Revisited

mourning cloak butterfly

(Note: All links below are to external websites and leave the UWM website.) Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady walked in the woods, recently, on an unseasonably warm, spring day, accompanied by Mourning Cloak and Eastern Comma butterflies. It’s so cool to… Read More

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Plus Ten

Brown-Marmorated Stink Bug

(Note: All links below are to external websites and leave the UWM website.) Salutations, BugFans, The BugLady mentioned Brown Marmorated/Asian Stink Bugs briefly in a survey of stink bugs ten years ago, and she has been wondering what progress they had… Read More

Bugs in the News X

Jumping Spider

(Note: All links below are to external websites and leave the UWM website.) Howdy, BugFans, While we’ve been quietly going about our business during this way-too-long pandemic (you know things are bad when you fantasize about going to a board… Read More

Milbert’sTortoiseshell Butterfly

(Note: All links below are to external websites and leave the UWM website.) Greetings, BugFans, When the BugLady started this little enterprise back in the summer of 2007, her main criteria for an episode were that she had taken a… Read More

And Now for Something a Little Different X — Pileated Woodpeckers

Pileated Woodpecker

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady has been hearing Pileated Woodpeckers recently – a few vocalizations here and there, and a bunch of territorial drumming. Some owls have a very early courtship – Great-horned Owls are already incubating – and some hawks… Read More

Straight-toothed sallow moth

caterpillar of the Straight-toothed sallow moth

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady found this velvety, deeply maroon caterpillar at the Land Trust’s CESA site on a fine June day. It’s the larva of a Straight-toothed sallow moth (Eupsilia vinulenta) (probably). (Full disclosure – the experts caution us that the… Read More