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

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

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

Cellophane bee

Howdy, BugFans, Let us celebrate native bees, those often unobtrusive and always invaluable pollinators that make possible much of our landscape and many of our crops.  Unfortunately, although she’s always photographing fuzzy little bees, the BugLady is pretty inept at… Read more

Compton Tortoiseshell Butterfly

(Note: All links below are to external sites.) Greetings, BugFans, This butterfly needs a better name!  (More about that, later) The BugLady found this beauty in the woods on a cool April day. Like the Mourning Cloak, of recent BOTW… Read more

White-marked Spider Beetle

(Note: All links below are to external websites and leave the UWM website.) Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady found this cute beetle crawling up the outside of her house on a warm day in early spring about five years ago, and… Read more

Listing the Monarch

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady wrote this article for the newsletter of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory (an organization that would love to have your support). Although they meet the criteria to be included as a Threatened species… Read more

Galls VII

Howdy, BugFans, Plant galls are swellings formed on the outsides of flowers, buds, leaves, veins, petioles, stems and/or trunks. Many are stimulated by animals, but some are caused by fungi and bacteria, and technically, the thickened bark tissue where two… Read more

Mourning Cloak Revisited

(Note: All links below are to external websites and leave the UWM website.) Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady walked in the woods, recently, on an unseasonably warm, spring day, accompanied by Mourning Cloak and Eastern Comma butterflies. It’s so cool to… Read more

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Plus Ten

(Note: All links below are to external websites and leave the UWM website.) Salutations, BugFans, The BugLady mentioned Brown Marmorated/Asian Stink Bugs briefly in a survey of stink bugs ten years ago, and she has been wondering what progress they had… Read more