Closed for June I – Scuds, encore

Salutations, BugFans, The BugLady usually closes for the month of June so that she can hit the trails, find newly-minted insects (preferably ones that she hasn’t written about yet), and start building up a stash of pictures for future episodes… Read more

Wetland Homage V Water Strider

All links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, Rounding out American Wetlands Month, the BugLady would like to give a shout-out to our hard-working, home-grown Wisconsin Wetlands Association. The WWA reminds us that 75% of Wisconsin wetlands are on… Read more

Wetland Homage IV – Water Scorpions

Note: All links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, If wetlands are the transitional spongy/submerged/semi-submerged/sometimes-submerged areas between high ground and deep water, what might some wetlands look like? Swamps are wet woodlands, while marshes are wet areas with standing water… Read more

Wetland Homage III – Water Fleas

Howdy, BugFans, We’re celebrating American Wetlands Month with up close and personal views into the lives of some of its citizens, as seen in some slightly refurbished, vintage BOTWs. Wisconsin has about five million acres of wetlands these days, down… Read more

Wetland Homage II – Water Treader

Note: Most link leaves to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, The celebration of American Wetlands Month continues. We’ve all seen the list of wetland benefits – wetlands recharge groundwater, protect us from floods by trapping water and releasing it slowly, improve… Read more

Wetland Homage I – Water Sow Bug

Note: Some links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, May is American Wetlands Month. So, all month, BOTW will celebrate by posting slightly-massaged (a few new words and pictures), encore episodes about a selection of awesome critters the BugLady has… Read more

Variegated Meadowhawk Redux

Note: Most links leave to external sites. Salutations, BugFans, Variegated Meadowhawks started appearing in the state from the south and southwest in mid-April this year. Their appearances were brief – they have places to go – but they leave eggs… Read more

Birch Catkin Bug

Note: All links leave to external sites. Howdy BugFans, When the BugLady started this little project in the summer of “twenty ‘aught seven,” she had two criteria for candidates for the bug of the week – that she had taken… Read more

Speed-dating the Spiders – Black Widows

Note: All links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, For years, BugFan Tom has sent pictures from the Deep South of Black widow spiders that he encounters while conducting research in southern thickets in the dead of night. Thanks for… Read more

Cruiser Dragonflies

When the BugLady asked BugFan Freda what she should write about for BOTW#700 (!!!), the answer, not surprisingly, was dragonflies. In this case, a very cool family of dragonflies that the BugLady hasn’t seen yet, but that Freda has photographed.