Bug of the Week

Camel Cricket – the Rest of the Story

Note: Most links leave to external sites Howdy, BugFans, BugFan Carl sent the BugLady a “What-is-it?” picture recently of an insect that had met an untimely end in his basement. It was a camel cricket, an awesome critter that the… Read More

Two Stink Bugs

stink bug on a leaf

Note: All links leave to external sites. Howdy, Bug Fans, The BugLady thinks stink bugs are cool, and she loves finding species she hasn’t seen before. This year, she saw two new ones – the first one in a sand… Read More

Tall Flea Beetle

Note: All links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, Sometimes, the BugLady gets a surprise as she’s researching an insect, and that was the case this week. She saw a cluster of these pretty beetles when she was on a… Read More

Bramble Mason Wasp

Bramble mason wasp

Note: All links leave to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, Who can resist a small wasp with a smiley face on its thorax, and a classy name, too? Certainly not the BugLady. When she found this camera shy wasp at Riveredge… Read More

Mottled Sand Grasshopper

Note: All links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, From July into September, the Creeping Juniper Nature Trail at Kohler Andrae State Park is ruled by grasshoppers, and the BugLady had lots of fun chasing them around this summer (she… Read More

Autumn Meadowhawk Dragonfly

Note: Most links leave to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, We’ve just had an all-too-brief Indian Summer – it got warm enough for the flies to fly, the tree crickets to sing, and yes, for a few very late Monarch butterflies… Read More

Entomophagy 101 Redux

Note: All links leave to external sites. Howdy BugFans, Instead of slaving over a hot computer, the BugLady has been hanging out on the hawk tower. The Red-tails were blowing past sideways on Tuesday. Here’s a rerun from eight years… Read More

Red-belted Bumble Bee

Note that all links leave to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, Isn’t this a pretty bee!!! When you aim your camera at a bumble bee, which the BugLady does frequently, you expect to see black and yellow in varying proportions (the… Read More

The Missouri Bee-killer, Robber Fly

Note that all links lead to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, Robber flies are a very cool bunch of flies that we have visited a number of times in the past. To appreciate the array of sizes and shapes and colors… Read More

Bugs at the End of Summer

Note: Some links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, The general rule of thumb is that if you want to find insects, look at flowers. Even though summer is fading, there are still flowers in bloom. Some Liatris/blazing stars… Read More