Bug of the Week

Closed for June – Invasion from the Far, Far East

Note: All links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, Wisconsin’s Invasive Species month and the BugLady’s month off are drawing to a simultaneous end, and she will be back “live” next week. Not surprisingly, her search for random insects… Read More

Closed for June – Biological Control of Invasives

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady’s favorite cautionary tale about biological control of invasive species concerns rats that jumped ship in Hawaii in mid-1800’s and invaded the sugarcane fields (sugarcane being, of course, an introduced agricultural crop and a mainstay of Island… Read More

Closed for June – An Immigrant Tick

Greetings, BugFans, Today’s episode is a bit of a potpourri. As if we needed another tick, here’s an account of a newcomer. So many invasives, so little time – just in time for gardening season, an earthworm review: here and… Read More

Closed for June – Invasive Spiders

Note: All links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, Remember – the BugLady is on vacation for the month of June, hoping for the rain to stop and the temperatures to rise (a little bit – she gets brain-dead… Read More

Fishfly – Again

Note: All links below go to external sites. Salutations, BugFans, After a long cool run-up, we’ve had some July weather at the end of May, which will warm the soil and water and may result in everything popping up at… Read More

Striped Cucumber Beetle


Note: All links except the first one go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady is not a gardener (she does get pretty excited about the Seed Savers catalog, though, put out by folks who are dedicated to preserving heritage… Read More

Painted Skimmer Dragonflies

Painted Skimmer Dragonflies

Note: All links below go to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady got an email from BugFan Freda the other day saying that she had located two Painted Skimmers at a nearby natural area, and she’d be glad to show… Read More

And Now for Something a Little Different – Raccoons


Greetings, BugFans, The first thing that the BugLady noticed when she went out to refill the bird feeders the other morning was a bunch of divots in the ground around the feeder. Skunks will do that as they search for… Read More

Gray Comma Butterfly – the Other Comma

Gray Commas

Note: All links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, Gray Commas (Polygonia progne) are in the Brush-footed butterfly family Nymphalidae – “brush-footed” because their front pair of legs is small and “brush-like” and tucked in close to their body,… Read More

Water Mite Redux

Water Mite Redux

Salutations, BugFans, The BugLady visited her favorite ephemeral pond the other day. Frogs were singing and fairy shrimp were chugging along underwater – life is good. She’s been working on other projects recently, so here’s an episode from 2009, with… Read More