Bug o’the Week – Rusty-patched Bumble Bee

Salutations, BugFans, The summer of 2018 saw an encouraging number of sightings of Rusty-patched bumble bees in southeastern Wisconsin – encouraging because the Rusty-patched bumble bee is on the Federal Endangered Species list, and also because there seem to be… Read More

Bug o’the Week – Northern Metalmark Butterfly

Hi, BugFans, Back in 2010, the BugLady wrote about the Swamp Metalmark, a lovely little butterfly that is fading from the Wisconsin scene and from other parts of its range in the Midwest. When she was in southern Ohio in… Read More

And now for Something a Little Different V – To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

New Year’s Greetings, BugFans, In the spirit of New Year’s Day entertainment, this is a rerun, an article that the BugLady wrote for the January, 2009 BogHaunter, newsletter of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog. The BugLady, Wisconsin born and bred,… Read More

The 12 Bugs of Christmas

Season’s Greetings, BugFans, As always, we pause to celebrate (while humming seasonal songs and drinking eggy, adult beverages), the Twelve Bugs of Christmas (plus one) – a baker’s dozen of bugs, many of whom have already starred in their own… Read More

And now for Something a Little Different IV – Life in the Pukak

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady is entertaining deadlines for two different newsletters plus BOTW, so please enjoy this article, borrowed from the winter issue of the BogHaunter, the newsletter of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog, whose current winter issue is… Read More

Striped Saddlebags Dragonfly

Greetings, BugFans, (This episode may look familiar to you if you read the newsletter of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, where it appeared earlier in fall. Forest Beach Migratory Preserve is a property of the Ozaukee Washington… Read More

European Earwig

People respond to insects intellectually, aesthetically, and viscerally. Intellectually, earwigs are fascinating insects; viscerally – Ick!! Earwigs are Stealth Insects, and it creeps the BugLady out when masses of earwigs scramble away as she picks up a flower pot or flips up the cover of the garage-door-opener keypad or opens her mailbox. This week, the BugLady takes a look at Earwigs, and more specifically, the European Earwig.

Red Cocklebur Weevil

The BugLady (who loves finding weevils) found this one in Ohio, but it does live here in God’s Country and throughout eastern North America. With about 83,000 species worldwide (3,000 in North America), the very-diverse weevil family, Curculionidae, is one of the largest animal (not just insect – animal!) families. Weevils can be recognized by their cute little snout (rostrum) and their “elbowed” antennae. Plant-chewing mouthparts are located at the end of the snout.

Speed-dating the Spiders III, the Orchard Spider

The BugLady photographed this pretty, little, spider in the wilds of Ohio in June, and then found more in Wisconsin in August. When BugFan Mike ID’d it for her, he said “I love it because it is one of the few WI spiders I can also see in Panama! It should get more common here with global warming.”

Buffalo Treehopper

Even though she’s never exactly sure which species she’s looking at, the BugLady is always tickled when she finds one of these pointy little bugs. Here’s what you need to know about the improbable-looking Buffalo Treehopper – that it can fly and hop as well as walk, and that in Germany it’s called the “Büffelzikade” (“buffalo cicada”). The rest is lagniappe.