Wooly Bear Caterpillar Re-Do

Howdy, BugFans, Last week’s episode was the 600th original (not rerun or tweaked) episode, and the BugLady is going to take a two-week victory lap (but she will fill the space with tasteful reruns). The BugLady has been hanging out on… Read more

Bugs without Bios XV

Howdy, BugFans, Bugs without Bios are bugs who have no fan clubs or t-shirts or Wanted posters and who go about their daily lives without attracting too much attention, yet are still worthy of our admiration.. Actually, there probably is… Read more

Morning Glory Prominent Moth

Howdy, BugFans, As she cruises through her moth books trying to identify what she’s photographed, the BugLady sees pictures of AMAZING caterpillars – not drab brown or grass-green caterpillars, but caterpillars that eschew camouflage in favor of some pretty gaudy… Read more

Wildflower Watch—Wild Bergamot

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady loves wild bergamot—first, because it has classy flowers, and second, because she loves the clearwing moths that dance around their edges, leading her on an annual, merry chase. She decided to see who else uses bergamot…. Read more

Selected Syrphid Flies

Howdy BugFans, It’s no secret that the BugLady is enthralled by syrphid/hover/flower flies (family Syrphidae), those often-exquisitely-decorated little flies that mimic a variety of wasps and bees and are featured in so many of her “Summer Survey” episodes. This summer… Read more

Coprophagy—Bugs on Poop

Greetings, BugFans, Happy Science Vocabulary Day! Years ago, while the BugLady was giving a program for a local Garden Club, she mentioned that she has a nice picture of a Zebra Swallowtail butterfly, but it’s sitting on dog poop, so… Read more

End of Summer Scenes

Howdy, BugFans, Wow! The first day of fall! Much as she loves a nice fall day, the BugLady clings to summer (maybe that’s why she keeps buying peaches even though she knows she’ll be disappointed). If you want to find… Read more

Knapweed Seedhead-Feeding Weevil

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady has seen plenty of knapweed in her life, but she was surprised when she came upon a patch of it in mid-July that was covered with weevils. If you’ve driven through Wisconsin’s Door County, you’re familiar… Read more

Common Green Darners—A Love Affair

Howdy, BugFans, We’ve had a major emergence of migratory Common Green Darners in the past 10 days. They’ve been feeding along Lake Michigan’s western shoreline, zigzagging over the roadway and fields, socking away calories (those floodwater mosquitoes are good for… Read more

Two Wetland Moths

Howdy BugFans, The BugLady has been neglecting moth lovers (again), and she offers these two delicate beauties in apology. The handsome but, in the BugLady’s opinion, potentially-invasive Arrow Arum (Peltandra virginica) (aka Tuckahoe and bog arum) is an eastern species… Read more