Water boatmen and backswimmers rerun

Salutations, BugFans, Life is busy, and besides, May is National Wetland Month, so here’s a rerun from ten years ago.  A few new words and pictures.  The BugLady will visit these guys together because even though they are, in a… Read More

Stories, not Atoms

Greetings, BugFans, The poet Muriel Rukeyser once wrote, “The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” The BugLady sees lots of tableaux unfolding as she ambles across the landscape (most have to do with food or sex). Because she… Read More

Two-striped Grasshopper

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady always enjoys photographing these large, handsome grasshoppers as they ricochet off the prairie plants in late summer. She has danced around them in several episodes – in a generalized discussion of their genus, Melanoplus, and as… Read More

Sculptors of Leaves

Leaves are coming. Promise! And soon after they emerge, we’ll see leaves that are folded, rolled, or otherwise harnessed by a variety of insects, for a variety of reasons.  The architects are mostly Lepidopterans – mostly small moths in the family… Read More

Three Spring Dragonflies Plus Two

Salutations, BugFans, They’re big, they’re beautiful, and they’re back!  The BugLady has been out on the trail and has been enjoying the first butterflies and dragonflies of the season.  She walked the floating boardwalk at Horicon Marsh the other day… Read More

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly

Howdy, BugFans, There are a number of wildflowers that the BugLady stores in her mental “Texas Wildflowers” file because even though they occur elsewhere, she first saw/photographed them in Texas. So, when she photographed this Gray Hairstreak in New Jersey,… Read More

LeConte’s Haploa

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady admits that she is ambivalent about moths. There sure are a lot of them – they outnumber butterflies, their fellow lepidopterans, by about 10 to 1 overall! But, so many of them are small and gray/tan… Read More

Dark Fishing Spider

Salutations, BugFans, The DARK FISHING SPIDER is one BugLady’s favorite spiders (even though it isn’t even a crab spider). First of all, it’s beautiful. Second, it’s big, one of the biggest in North America – the leg-span of a large… Read More

Dung beetle

Salutations, BugFans,  Sometimes, the secret of getting a good picture is “Right time, right place, right toys.”  The BugLady has been longing to do an episode on dung beetles – they’re amazing insects, and they live right here in Wisconsin,… Read More

Asian Multicolored Ladybug Redux

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady heard a funny sound while she was reading the other night, the kind of small thunk, thunk, thunk that made her wonder if there might be a small leak in the roof. After a little reconnoitering… Read More