Ants in My Plants Rerun

Note: All links below go to external sites. Salutations, BugFans, Here we are, in the trough between Christmas and New Year’s.  The interminable Christmas movies have been put to bed (YAY!), and reruns rule.  Here, too. Back in 2015, the BugLady …

The Twelve(ish) Bugs of Christmas

Note: All links below go to external sites. Season’s Greetings, BugFans, When the BugLady initiated this annual tradition in 2012 – showing pictures of bugs she had photographed but whom (objective case) she had already written about (OK – about …

Striped Hairstreak Butterfly

Note: All links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, Hairstreaks are spiffy little butterflies that are named for the hair-like markings found on their underwings.  Most have thin, twin tails (sometimes two pairs of tails) on the trailing edge …

Southern Spreadwing Damselfly

Note: All links below go to external sites. Howdy BugFans, Full disclosure: the BugLady’s copy of Bob Dubois’s Damselflies of the North Woods (aka The Bible) automatically falls open to the page that shows the rear ends of the male Spreadwings. So …

The Elegant Opossum

Salutations, BugFans, The other night, the BugLady’s cat started pacing back and forth on the window sills, peering out and yowling.  The BugLady turned on an outside light and saw a possum under the bird feeder (which is great, because they clean up the sunflower seed the squirrels spill by day).  The cat barely looks at the six, chunky …

Slant-faced Pasture Grasshopper

Note: All links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, The Slant-faced pasture grasshopper is the BugLady’s new, favorite grasshopper (well, not really – grasshopper-wise, her heart belongs to the lichen-y-looking Pine tree spur-throated grasshopper).  The two species aren’t closely …

Agreeable Tiger Moth

Note: All links below go to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, Years ago, the BugLady photographed a Giant Leopard moth. It was a tough shot – the moth was tucked up under the eaves of a house. It’s – OK — …

Carpenter Ants

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady lives in a log cottage that’s rough cedar on the inside (think splinters), so when, one night, this Carpenter ant queen dropped down from the ceiling onto a book she was reading, she may have overreacted …

Bugs in the News XI

Note: All links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, Hawks are still flying; bugs, not so much. Lots of grasshoppers along the trail, and a variety of flies and some sweat bees on the late-blooming dandelions (and just two …

Bi-colored Striped Sweat Bee

Howdy, BugFans, Isn’t this a pretty little bee! Sweat bees are in the family Halictidae, and the star of today’s show is in the Striped sweat bee genus Agapostemon (which means “stamen-loving”). It’s a New World genus totaling 42 species …