Bug of the Week

Bugs in the News IX

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady’s file of insect-related media stories runneth over, and it’s time to share. Here’s a potpourri of items on invasive insect species, insect behavior, spectacular insects, and on people discovering new things about insects. Enjoy (fingers crossed… Read More

Square-Headed Wasp

Square headed wasp

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady is living proof that there’s a big difference between looking and seeing. For years, she’s been photographing these little black and yellow wasps and filing them under “Potter wasps,” but she had an “Oh Duh” moment… Read More

Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly—the Backstory

Emerald Hines Dragonfly

Greetings, BugFans, One of the dragonflies that the BugLady encountered this summer was a Federally Endangered Hine’s Emerald. Unlike her usual subjects, there are lots of internet hits about the dragonfly, and many are state and federal informational and management… Read More

Phantom Crane Fly Rerun

phantom crane fly on flowers

Salutations, BugFans, Here’s a rerun from August of 2014. What a magical little fly! Most BugFans are familiar with crane flies, those giant, non-biting “mosquitoes” in the family Tipulidae (some of the fall-flying crane flies in the family Pediciidae (the… Read More

Wooly Bear Caterpillar Re-Do

Wooly Bear Caterpillar

Howdy, BugFans, Last week’s episode was the 600th original (not rerun or tweaked) episode, and the BugLady is going to take a two-week victory lap (but she will fill the space with tasteful reruns). The BugLady has been hanging out on… Read More

Bugs without Bios XV

cerambycid

Howdy, BugFans, Bugs without Bios are bugs who have no fan clubs or t-shirts or Wanted posters and who go about their daily lives without attracting too much attention, yet are still worthy of our admiration.. Actually, there probably is… Read More

Morning Glory Prominent Moth

morning glory catepillar

Howdy, BugFans, As she cruises through her moth books trying to identify what she’s photographed, the BugLady sees pictures of AMAZING caterpillars – not drab brown or grass-green caterpillars, but caterpillars that eschew camouflage in favor of some pretty gaudy… Read More

Wildflower Watch—Wild Bergamot

wild bergamot

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady loves wild bergamot—first, because it has classy flowers, and second, because she loves the clearwing moths that dance around their edges, leading her on an annual, merry chase. She decided to see who else uses bergamot…. Read More

Selected Syrphid Files

Syrphid eristalis flavipes

Howdy BugFans, It’s no secret that the BugLady is enthralled by syrphid/hover/flower flies (family Syrphidae), those often-exquisitely-decorated little flies that mimic a variety of wasps and bees and are featured in so many of her “Summer Survey” episodes. This summer… Read More

Coprophagy—Bugs on Poop

Broad-headed Lupine bug

Greetings, BugFans, Happy Science Vocabulary Day! Years ago, while the BugLady was giving a program for a local Garden Club, she mentioned that she has a nice picture of a Zebra Swallowtail butterfly, but it’s sitting on dog poop, so… Read More