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… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

A Tale of Two Butterflies – Part 2 – Marine Blue

Note: All links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, A few days after she found an American Snout butterfly (of recent BOTW fame), the BugLady saw this small, pale, worn butterfly ahead of her on the ground. At first,… Read more

Small Blue Butterflies

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady has been enjoying the recent “tropical” temperatures (in the high 40’s) and her thoughts have been turning to butterflies. Someone asked her recently what butterflies might be aloft as spring approaches. Along with the Mourning Cloaks… Read more

Compton Tortoiseshell Butterfly

(Note: All links below are to external sites.) Greetings, BugFans, This butterfly needs a better name!  (More about that, later) The BugLady found this beauty in the woods on a cool April day. Like the Mourning Cloak, of recent BOTW… Read more

Listing the Monarch

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady wrote this article for the newsletter of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory (an organization that would love to have your support). Although they meet the criteria to be included as a Threatened species… Read more