A Species on the Move – 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

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

Autumn Meadowhawk Dragonfly

Note: Most links leave to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, We’ve just had an all-too-brief Indian Summer – it got warm enough for the flies to fly, the tree crickets to sing, and yes, for a few very late Monarch butterflies… Read More

Great Blue Skimmer Dragonfly

Note: All links below go to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady was looking for bugs in Kohler-Andrae State Park in late July when a large dragonfly flew across the trail and landed about 12 feet up on some shrubs…. Read More

Early Summer Scenes – The Dragonflies

Greetings, BugFans, Spring was long and cool, an arrangement that the BugLady usually applauds (she savors every little step into spring, and she doesn’t like it when the phenology of six weeks is squished into one or two). But this… Read More

Dragonhunter

Dragonhunter

Greetings, BugFans, Dragonfly July is drawing to an end. The BugLady’s younger daughter and her friends have been taking to our northern woods and lakes this summer (where the cool bugs are), and she’s sent tantalizing pictures of her encounters…. Read More

Fawn Darner

darner fawn dragonfly

Greetings, BugFans, Another day, another darner. The BugLady’s reward at the end of five hours in 80+ degree heat on the Butterfly and Dragonfly Count was a Fawn Darner. It flew across a shaded trail, looking decidedly orange as it… Read More

Midland Clubtail dragonfly

Midland Clubtail dragonfly

The BugLady has been checking the Wisconsin Odonata Survey website religiously to see if the dragonfly season has commenced, and she is pleased to announce that it has! Keep the site in mind on your spring and summer ramblings and share your sightings. Observers started reporting Common Green Darners on April 26, and the first Variegated Meadowhawk was logged on April 30. The BugLady is more than ready.

September Scenes

The leaves are starting to fall here in God’s Country, the birds are moving, and as of yesterday it’s officially autumn (Yikes!). But there are still some bugs out there – like wildflowers, some species of insects bloom in the spring, some in the summer, and others in the fall. The imperative to reproduce is strong as the days get shorter; most insects live for about a calendar year, mainly in their immature stages, with a short-but-productive adult stage. Most leave behind eggs or pupae or partly-grown offspring to weather the winter.