Entries by rbuchholz

Bug o’the Week – The 12 Bugs of Christmas

Season’s Greetings, BugFans, As always, we pause to celebrate (while humming seasonal songs and drinking eggy, adult beverages), the Twelve Bugs of Christmas (plus one) – a baker’s dozen of bugs, many of whom have already starred in their own BOTWs but who posed nicely for the BugLady this year. Acmaeodora pulchella – The BugLady is […]

Bug o’the Week – European Earwig

Salutations, BugFans,   People respond to insects intellectually, aesthetically, and viscerally.  Intellectually, earwigs are fascinating insects; viscerally – Ick!!  Earwigs are Stealth Insects, and it creeps the BugLady out when masses of earwigs scramble away as she picks up a flower pot or flips up the cover of the garage-door-opener keypad or opens her mailbox (though they feed […]

Bug o’the Week – Red Cocklebur Weevil

Howdy, BugFans   The BugLady (who loves finding weevils) found this one in Ohio, but it does live here in God’s Country and throughout eastern North America.  With about 83,000 species worldwide (3,000 in North America), the very-diverse weevil family, Curculionidae, is one of the largest animal (not just insect – animal!) families.  Weevils can be recognized by their cute […]

Bug o’the Week – Buffalo Treehopper

Howdy, BugFans, Even though she’s never exactly sure which species she’s looking at, the BugLady is always tickled when she finds one of these pointy little bugs.  Here’s what you need to know about the improbable-looking buffalo treehopper – that it can fly and hop as well as walk, and that in Germany it’s called the “Büffelzikade” […]

Bug o’the Week – Two-lined Spittlebug

Greetings, BugFans, Isn’t this a spiffy little bug (and, yes, the word “bug” is correct, for a change, because it’s in the bug order Hemiptera)! First, the names: Two-lined spittlebugs (Prosapia bicincta) are in the family Cercopidae, aka the Froghoppers.  Why?  Because their main mode of transportation is jumping, and they do it well – some […]

Bug o’the Week – Thyreodon atricolor Wasp

Howdy, BugFans,   Thyreodon atricolor (no common name), one of the BugLady’s “Nemesis Bugs,” is a big, beautiful wasp that flies tantalizingly through dappled, woody edges, preceded by those fabulous, yellow antennae.  It seldom stops, and when it does, it often perches in the shade.  The BugLady is gratified to see that lots of the shots […]

Bug o’the Week – Giant Water Bugs Revisited

Greetings, BugFans, Not long ago, an email correspondent reported seeing a giant water bug in a parking lot, so the BugLady decided to refresh a BOTW episode from 2009 with some new content and lots of cool links. Giant Water Bugs are “true bugs” in the Order Hemiptera and the family Belostomatidae.  It’s not a […]

Bug o’the Week – Silver-spotted Skipper

Greetings, BugFans,   This wonderful caterpillar dropped down onto the railing the other day while the BugLady was eating breakfast on the porch (those orange spots on its head aren’t eyes, they’re just there to scare you).  The Silver-spotted skipper was mentioned briefly ten years ago in a general BOTW about skippers, in which the […]