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… Read More

Bugs in the News

Honeybee pollinating flowers.

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… Read More

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… Read More

Horsehair worm Redux

Coiled worm.

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… Read More

Cockroach 101

Smoky Brown Cockroach

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… Read More

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… Read More

The Twelve Bugs of Christmas 2022

Crab spider hiding inside flower.

Note: Some links leave to external sites. Greetings of the Season, BugFans, Wow! The 10th annual installment of The Twelve (or Thirteen) Bugs of Christmas! The Bugs of Christmas features shots, taken throughout the year, of insects and spiders who… Read More

River Jewelwing Damselfly

Jewelwing on a leaf.

Note: All links leave to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady has seen a few River Jewelwings over the years, but this summer, one finally sat still long enough for her to get some pictures. River Jewelwings are not quite… Read More

Speed-Dating the Spiders – Arabesque Orbweavers

Note: All links leave to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady has written several times about the big orb weaving spiders that either delight or alarm people in the waning days of summer. Because there may be several hundred eggs… Read More

Camel Cricket – the Rest of the Story

Note: Most links leave to external sites Howdy, BugFans, BugFan Carl sent the BugLady a “What-is-it?” picture recently of an insect that had met an untimely end in his basement. It was a camel cricket, an awesome critter that the… Read More