Autumn Meadowhawk Dragonfly

Note: Most links leave to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, We’ve just had an all-too-brief Indian Summer – it got warm enough for the flies to fly, the tree crickets to sing, and yes, for a few very late Monarch butterflies …

Entomophagy 101 Redux

Note: All links leave to external sites. Howdy BugFans, Instead of slaving over a hot computer, the BugLady has been hanging out on the hawk tower. The Red-tails were blowing past sideways on Tuesday. Here’s a rerun from eight years …

Red-belted Bumble Bee

Note that all links leave to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, Isn’t this a pretty bee!!! When you aim your camera at a bumble bee, which the BugLady does frequently, you expect to see black and yellow in varying proportions (the …

The Missouri Bee-killer, Robber Fly

Note that all links lead to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, Robber flies are a very cool bunch of flies that we have visited a number of times in the past. To appreciate the array of sizes and shapes and colors …

Bugs at the End of Summer

Note: Some links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, The general rule of thumb is that if you want to find insects, look at flowers. Even though summer is fading, there are still flowers in bloom. Some Liatris/blazing stars …

Gray Ground Cricket

Howdy, BugFans, So – a cricket is a cricket is a cricket, right? The BugLady wrote a little bit, early on, about that poster child of crickets, the ubiquitous, chunky, glossy-black Field cricket (she may have to revisit that one). And, …

Sanborn’s Beewolf

Note: All links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, Ever since she read about beewolves years ago, the BugLady has been hoping to photograph one so she could tell its story. She finally found one in the dunes at …

Black-margined Loosestrife Beetle

Note: All links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, Purple loosestrife is a beautiful plant, with great wands of magenta flowers waving in the breeze. Some say that, like a long list of other invasives, it entered the country …

Lichen Moths

Note: All links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady sat on the hawk tower today, watching the start of the fall migration. She was surrounded by the start of the dragonfly migration – there was a big …

Great Blue Skimmer Dragonfly

Note: All links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady was looking for bugs in Kohler-Andrae State Park in late July when a large dragonfly flew across the trail and landed about 12 feet up on some shrubs. …