Wetlands Month III – Ostracods

Note: All links leave to external sites. Salutations, BugFans, We continue to celebrate Wetlands month with this slightly updated tale about ostracods, which originally aired in 2015. By now it’s no secret that the BugLady is enthralled by wee aquatic …

Wetlands Month II – Common Water lily Planthopper revised

Note: All links leave to external sites. Salutations, BugFans, Week 2 of National Wetlands Month features an upgrade of an episode that first appeared in March of 2014.  Water lilies are important plants in aquatic ecosystems. At the very least, they …

Wetlands Month I – Crawling Water Beetle

Howdy, BugFans, May is National Wetlands Month, and the BugLady is celebrating by re-posting episodes about aquatic critters from deep in the BOTW archives (this one is from 2012, with some new words added). The BugLady heard an interesting interview …

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) …

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 Cicadas are Coming – a Tale in Four Parts

Note: All links leave to external sites. Greetings BugFans, The insect world is gearing up to stage an event that is the entomological equivalent of the recent total solar eclipse. The buzz (if you’ll pardon the term) began a few months …

Bugs without Bios XIX

Note: Most links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, Bugs without bios – those humble (but worthy) bugs about whom little information is readily available. Today’s bugs check those boxes as species, but they have something in common – their lifestyles …

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 …