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 …

Flying Ants rerun

Greetings, BugFans, Life has been busy – fantastic week for migrating raptors – so here’s a rerun from the summer of 2017. Back live next week. The BugLady got a very special request from almost-5-year-old BugFan Jolene, who is curious …

Forked Fungus Beetle Redux

Note: All links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady has been out counting migrating raptors. Here’s a rerun of an episode about an amazing beetle that the BugLady encountered in the late spring of 2014. Every once …

Therion Wasp

Note: All links below go to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady stood on a boardwalk in a wetland for about half an hour trying to photograph this amazing wasp as it dodged through thickets of sedges, ferns, and orchids, …

And Now for Something a Little Different XI – Pitcher Plants

Note: All links below go to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady was on a wetland walk years ago when someone asked the leader “Why do pitcher plants grow here?” His answer, simple and elegant, “Because they can.” Indeed, there …