Bug of the Week

Abbott’s Sphinx Moth

Greetings BugFans, BugFan Kine sent the BugLady some “what-is-it?” pictures of a few very hungry caterpillars on Virginia creeper, taken by her sister, Honorary BugFan Abett. The BugLady had seen an adult Abbott’s sphinx moth, but she’s never seen this… Read More

Prince Baskettail dragonfly

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady finds this wonderful dragonfly cruising tirelessly over cattails at the edges of lakes or patrolling long stretches of the Milwaukee River about six feet above the surface. She takes a lot of Hail Mary shots, and… Read More

Red-blue Checkered beetle

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady is always amazed at how masses of Coreopsis flowers paint the Riveredge prairies gold in June, and she’s equally amazed at how few of them are entertaining insects. The books say that that Coreopsis is visited… Read More

Closed for June – The Dark Side

Howdy, BugFans, It’s the last post of June and the final “do-it-yourself” BOTW for a while. Here are some stories about some of the seamier aspects of bugs. OK – this is like watching a train wreck. Enjoy the video… Read More

Closed for June – A Potpourri

Howdy, BugFans, Here’s another potpourri of news from the insect world. OK – one more cicada story – with a twist. And some excellent footage of predaceous diving beetles (do we still use the word “footage” in the day of… Read More

Closed for June – A Combination of Ingredients

Howdy, BugFans, They are not here in God’s Country (yet), but here’s the latest on Asian murder hornets. The BugLady assumes that there’s a murder hornet horror movie in production somewhere. And here’s a nice visual. But wait! All is… Read More

Closed for June – Insects and Plants

calopogon

Greetings, BugFans, There’s a “chicken-or-the-egg” question about pollinators—do pollinators adapt to the flowers they visit, or do flowers adapt to their pollinators? Yes, pollinators do visit flowers that are a good fit for their various feeding apparatuses, but in an… Read More

Closed for June – Brood X

Howdy, BugFans, A few years ago, the BugLady wrote an article about entomophagy – the fine art of cooking and eating insects. In the past, the emergence of a big brood of cicadas has signaled recipe contests, and so, as… Read More

Taiga Bluet Damselfly

bluet

Howdy, BugFans, It’s spring, and it’s time to brush up on our bluet damselfly IDs because they’re starting to hit the airways. Most bluets are 1″ to 1.3″ long and, as their name suggests, males are at least partly blue… Read More

Bombylius Bee Fly

bee fly

Greetings, BugFans, What a treat to come across one of these fuzzy little flies sipping nectar from a spring flower! Bee flies are said to get their name from the fact that they are bee mimics that look and buzz… Read More