Bug of the Week

Bugs Without Bios XVI

Currant tip borer

Greetings, BugFans, It’s time again to celebrate the bugs that fly under the radar – bugs that are neither famous nor infamous and that live alongside of us, about whom not much has been written. All three of these species,… Read More

Thick-Clubbed Sawfly

sawfly

(Note: All links below are to external websites and leave the UWM website.) Howdy, BugFans, Sawflies appear infrequently in these pages, the most recently a year ago, in the person of the spectacular Elm sawfly. The sawflies that the BugLady… Read More

Mayfly Revisited

mayfly

(Note: All links below are to external websites and leave the UWM website.) Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady thought it was time to give this episode from 2008 a make-over – many new words and pictures. Mayflies, order Ephemeroptera (which means… Read More

Black-Winged Leafwalker (a syrphid fly)

fly

(Note: All links below are to external websites and leave the UWM website.) Howdy, BugFans, OK – the last of the Water Hemlock series (unless/until the BugLady discovers the ID of a really smashing ichneumon wasp that was also working… Read More

Mexican Grass-Carrying Wasp

wasp on flowers

(Note: All links below are to external websites and leave the UWM website.) Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady will always associate this wasp with the pandemic. In early summer, she got an email from a BugFan who, because she was working… Read More

Wildflower Watch –Water Hemlock

Gray Comma

Howdy, BugFans, In mid-summer, water hemlock bloomed lushly in the swamps at the north end of the Bog. A note about water hemlock (Cicuta maculata), a wetland plant that looks like Queen Anne’s lace on steroids. It’s related to the… Read More

And Now for Something a Little Different IX Little Wolf

Greetings, BugFans, Yes – insects make the world go round, but sometimes we turn the spotlight on a different kind of organism (lichens, slime molds, wood frogs, muskrats, etc.). The BugLady wrote this for the BogHaunter, the newsletter of the… Read More

Procecidochares Atra Fruit Fly

Fruit fly

Greetings, BugFans, The story of this fly (whose name is considerably longer than the fly itself) demonstrates why the BugLady loves BOTW. Could she dig up a lot of details about how this little beauty lives its life? She could… Read More

Colorado Potato Beetle Redux

Colorado potato beetle

Greetings, BugFans, Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, it’s all reruns. Please enjoy this slightly updated episode about a pretty little garden scourge, along with a year-end sermonette. This is the story of The Little Beetle That Could, of a… Read More

The Twelve Bugs of Christmas

red-spotted purple butterfly

Season’s Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady can tell that the Christmas Season has rolled around because the Dr. Who marathon is about to start, and once again, Paul and Mary are showing us how easy it is to concoct showstopper desserts… Read More