Closed for June I – Invasive species

Note: Most links leave to external sites. Greetings BugFans, YAY, it’s June! That means that the BugLady is out on the trails, walking slowly, looking at everything and photographing half of it. A probably-tasteful BOTW will be delivered to your …

Oblique-banded Leafroller Moth

Note: Most links leave to an external site. Greetings, BugFans, The venerable (circa 1903) moth book that the BugLady grew up with – The Moth Book by W. J. Holland – included pictures of a huge number of moth species, all with …

Green Lacewings

Note: Most links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, These lovely, fragile-looking insects have fluttered around the edges of several BOTWs over the past 17-plus years, and it’s time for them to have an episode of their own.  A bit …

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 …

Tobacco Budworm

Note: All links leave to external sites Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady photographed this handsome moth on her back porch rail last summer, and she was temporarily mystified when she identified it as a Tobacco budworm moth, because the nearest tobacco …

And Now for Something Different – Cattails

Note: All links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, This episode was adapted from an article that the BugLady wrote in 2007 for the BogHaunter, the newsletter of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog.  Wanted: Colonists to settle in wide open spaces. Must …

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 …

Saddleback Caterpillar – A Snowbird Special

Note: Most links leave to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, Today’s bug, the extraordinary-looking and aptly-named Saddle-backed caterpillar, is the 5th in our on-going Snowbird Special series about bugs you might see if you decide to tear yourself away from God’s Country …

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 …

Black Zale Moth

Note: Most links leave to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, Zale moths (thank goodness) are not small and grayish (the moth equivalent of LBJ’s – “little brown jobs” – the birding acronym for the sparrow group), and thus they are not destined to languish …