American Emerald Dragonfly

Note: All links leave to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, The dragonfly season is starting – migrant Common Green Darners and Variegated Meadowhawks are filtering into the state, and visions of sugarplums (in the form of Chalk-fronted Corporals, Baskettails, and Eastern Forktails) …

The Monarch Butterfly Problem

Note: Most links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady wrote this for an upcoming newsletter of the Lake Michigan Bird Observatory (an organization that would love your support). It started out as a simple report about this year’s …

Bugs in the News XIII

Note: All links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady’s “newspaper clippings” file runneth over, so here are a few articles for you to peruse.  Please note that most come from the excellent Smithsonian daily e-newsletter, which is not …

Moths – Four Very Short Stories

Note: All links leave to external site. Greetings, BugFans, Everybody likes butterflies (the BugLady would not like to meet the person who dislikes butterflies). But, in the order Lepidoptera, butterflies are just the tip of the iceberg – the heavy …

The 12 (or 13) Bugs of Christmas

Note: All links leave to external sites. Greetings of the Season, BugFans, (13 bugs, because once she’s got her selection down to 13, the BugLady just can’t cut one more!) A Cheery Thought for the Holidays, the average home contains …

Midsummer Memories I

Howdy, BugFans, Last year the BugLady had so many midsummer stories to tell that she wrote one episode about dragonflies, and a second about “other” (because as seasoned BugFans know (well) her camera gravitates to dragons and damsels). She’s got …

Closed for June III – Bugs! Love ‘em or – love ‘em

Note that all links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, Here’s a pot pourri of articles about insects for your enjoyment. Bug Love: the BugLady is aware that some BugFans read Bug o’the Week selectively, skipping episodes like the one …

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 …

Tall Flea Beetle

Note: All links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, Sometimes, the BugLady gets a surprise as she’s researching an insect, and that was the case this week. She saw a cluster of these pretty beetles when she was on a …

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 …