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

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

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