Golden Green Sweat Bee

Note: All links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, Wisconsin is home to between 500 and 600 species of wild bees, ranging in size from today’s sweat bee to bumble bees many times larger (there are about 4,000 bee species …

Euderces picipes Beetle

Note: All links leave to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, When the BugLady saw these two tiny (5mm/¼”), black insects on a flower, her first thought was “ants,” followed immediately by a mental head slap.  They were piggyback – worker ants …

Beautiful Jumper

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady was on a pier at Riveredge Nature Center when this spectacular jumping spider climbed out from between the planks.  Like the old joke about bacon being the gateway meat for vegetarians, jumping spiders seem to be …

Long-Tailed Meadow Katydid

Note: Most links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans. At first glance, Meadow Katydids look like small grasshoppers, but grasshoppers (family Acrididae) have antennae of a reasonable length, and katydids (family Tettigoniidae) have such long antennae (you have to back up …

Ant Fly

Note: All links leave to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, When the BugLady first spotted this fly, she thought it might be one of the odd, stubby, little tachinid flies in the genus Gymnoclytia (or thereabouts). She couldn’t find anything that matched, so …

Robust Katydid-hunting Wasp

Note: Most links leave to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, OK – it’s not a super flashy wasp when it’s heading away from you (in fact, it’s not even very wasp-like), but it’s pretty cool when it’s heading toward you – …

Midsummer Memories 2

Note: Most links leave to external sites. Greetings, BugFans, As promised in last week’s episode, here are more of the bug stories that the BugLady has collected so far. Most of the insects that end up in these survey episodes …

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 …

Gray Field Slug 2/25/2019

Note: Most links leave to external sites. Salutations, BugFans, The BugLady has been hitting all her favorite wetlands and taking pictures and editing pictures, and it’s July 4th, and she hasn’t quite gotten a crisp, new BOTW ready. Since she …

Closed for June IV — Fireflies

Note: Most links leave to external sites. Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady is getting ready for the annual firefly show (for BugFan Tom in the Deep South, the show’s almost over). She has been seeing day-flying fireflies in the air in …