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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Bugs in the News X

(Note: All links below are to external websites and leave the UWM website.) Howdy, BugFans, While we’ve been quietly going about our business during this way-too-long pandemic (you know things are bad when you fantasize about going to a board …

Milbert’sTortoiseshell Butterfly

(Note: All links below are to external websites and leave the UWM website.) Greetings, BugFans, When the BugLady started this little enterprise back in the summer of 2007, her main criteria for an episode were that she had taken a …

And Now for Something a Little Different X — Pileated Woodpeckers

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady has been hearing Pileated Woodpeckers recently – a few vocalizations here and there, and a bunch of territorial drumming. Some owls have a very early courtship – Great-horned Owls are already incubating – and some hawks …