Bug of the Week

Have you seen this fly???

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady was poking around in a wetland toward the end of May when the Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) was in bloom. As she photographed its flower, a syrphid fly or two buzzed in. Any flower shot is… Read More

Northern Amber Bumble Bee

Howdy, BugFans, This one’s dedicated to BugFan John – it was an honor. The BugLady has been enjoying an abundance of bumble bees on the prairie recently, despite the fact that, along with the start of the tree cricket chorus,… Read More

Silver-bordered Fritillary Butterfly

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady’s excursions onto the prairie are always enhanced by the sight of the almost-monarch-sized (2 ½”-3 ½” wingspan) Great Spangled Fritillaries sailing along among the flowers. They come by their names honestly – great and spangled indeed… Read More

Big Orbweaver Spiders Revisited

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady has been having too much fun recently, taking pictures, so she dusted off this episode from November, 2012 and added some new words and new pictures. For years, the BugLady has been amassing shots of big,… Read More

Black Witch Moth

Howdy, BugFans, BugFan Marjie sent some “what-is-it?” pictures recently, of a lunker moth perched on one of her outbuildings. The BugLady didn’t need to hit the books to ID this one, it’s been on her “Most Wanted” list ever since… Read More

Argus Tortoise beetle

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady’s first thought when she glanced at this beetle was that it was a Swamp milkweed leaf beetle (which, for perching purposes, doesn’t restrict itself to swamp milkweed). Note to self – always look twice. Although their… Read More

Mid-summer Summary

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady has been hitting the trails whenever she can, and she’s run into a whole bunch of old (invertebrate) friends and a few new ones. Here are some of the critters she’s encountered, along with links to… Read More

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