Coral Hairstreak Butterfly

Note: All links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, Hairstreaks (and Blues and Coppers and Harvesters) are members of the Gossamer-winged butterfly family Lycaenidae (“Gossamer-winged” being a nod to the iridescent sheen on the wings of many family members). Numbering …

Cyrano Darner Dragonfly

Howdy, BugFans, It’s time for a dragonfly. In fact, it’s past time for a dragonfly. The BugLady has not seen this species yet (BugFan Freda has, and she contributed her pictures. Thanks, Freda) but she’s looking forward to the end …

Bugs in the News

Note: All links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, As usual, the BugLady’s “Bugs in the News” folder runneth over, so here’s a collection of articles to chew on. Many come from the wonderful Smithsonian Daily Newsletter, which not only …

Swamp Metalmark Butterfly Redux

Note: Most links leave to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, This is a slightly massaged episode that was originally posted in June of 2010. Recently the BugLady was privileged to photograph this lovely butterfly at Riveredge Nature Center, one of its …

A Species on the March – Part 2, the Slender Bluet Damselfly

Note: Most link leaves to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, Back in the summer of 2019, in an episode about Lilypad Forktail damselflies entitled “A Species on the March,” the BugLady wrote, “Lake Twelve is famous because of the presence there …

Horsehair worm Redux

Note: Most links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, This is a somewhat rewritten rerun from 2009. New words, no new pictures. It’s a good thing that the common usage of the term “bug” is so inexact, because once again …

Cockroach 101

Note: All links leave to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady has been wanting to write about cockroaches for a long time (she has fond memories of the “X-Files” episode about them). She asked BugFan Tom if he had any …

Carolina Leaf-roller Cricket – a Snowbird Special

Note: All links leave to external sites Howdy, BugFans, A while back, BugFan Tom sent these pictures of a Carolina leaf-roller cricket from the Deep South. Carolina leaf-roller crickets (Camptonotus carolinensis) are in the family Gryllacrididae, the Raspy crickets, a …

Big Sand Tiger Beetle

Note: All links below point to external sites. Howdy BugFans, Last fall, BugFan Joanne told the BugLady about a fabulous tiger beetle she saw in the dunes at Kohler Andrae State Park, and the BugLady was determined to find one …

Red Velvet Mite, Again

Salutations, BugFans, We’re in the trough between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  No-one knows exactly what day of the week it is, but whatever is on TV is sure to be a rerun. This BOTW is, too (well – a …