Bug o’the Week – 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

Bug o’the Week – Bugs in the News VI

Howdy, Bugfans, The BugLady’s “Bugs in the News” file is overflowing again, so it’s time to share. Thanks, as always, to those who send links to interesting stuff. In the “How Do They Do That?” department, watch this video for… Read More

Bug o’ the Week – Spotless Antlion – a Tale in Three Parts

Howdy, BugFans,   PART ONE – THE BACKGROUND: As we all know, there’s a huge difference between looking and seeing. The BugLady has a wooden pier across the top of the dune that protects her from Lake Michigan. One day,… Read More

Bug o’the Week – Gray Field Slug

Salutations, BugFans, The BugLady found this impressive (1 ½” to 2”) slug climbing around on her cottage in early October. It has been almost 11 years since we last considered slugs (time flies!). Here’s a quick Slugs 101 review. Recent… Read More

Bug o’ the Week – Bugs without Bios XIII

Salutations, BugFans, Another celebration of (regrettably) anonymous bugs. There are in the neighborhood of 100,000 insect species in North America, but not everyone has a biographer (note to self – it takes a lot longer to research the unsung species… Read More

Bug o’the Week – Azure Bluet

Howdy, BugFans, Even in a group of damselflies that are called bluets, the Azure Bluet is an amazing color! Bluets are damselflies in the Narrow-winged/Pond Damselfly family Coenagrionidae, which also includes the dancers, forktails and sprites. Most of Wisconsin’s 20… Read More

Speed-dating the Spiders – Variegated Spider

The BugLady found this striking spider at Riveredge Nature Center one early summer day. What it lacks in size (it’s less than ½”), it surely makes up for in beauty (thanks for the ID, BugFan Mike). There’s not a lot of information out there about the Variegated spider (Sergiolus capulatus). Only one source gave it a common name, but most of the other species in its family don’t have common names, either.

Bug o’the Week – Horned Passalus (Bess) Beetle

The BugLady has been wanting to do an episode about Bess beetles for a long time, but she didn’t have a picture of one (many thanks to BugFans Tom and Joe for sharing). Why Bess beetles? Because they exhibit what’s called “pre-social behavior,” and they vocalize like crazy, and they have lots of names, and then there’s the phoresy. The Insects of Duke University website calls them “one of the most delightful discoveries one can make upon overturning logs.”

Bug o’the Week – Short-winged Bunchgrass Locust Revisited

Greetings, BugFans, When the BugLady posted this last night, about 100 of them, from BugFans of all internet persuasions, bounced back. Trying again. Apologies if you got this twice. Back in the summer of 2009, the BugLady found a spectacular… Read More

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