Entries by Kate Redmond

Bug o’the Week – Festive Tiger Beetle

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady has been enjoying the company of these lovely beetles on her walks over the prairie at Riveredge recently (no, despite the recent rash of Riveredge-based episodes, she does not own stock in Riveredge or even get free maple syrup – it’s just a very cool place to walk – and witness […]

Bug o’the Week – Thin-legged Wolf Spider

Howdy, BugFans,   The BugLady likes spiders, and she can even hail a number of species by name when she meets them, but she’s never applied herself to their taxonomy, and she jokes that maybe she shouldn’t be identifying them all by herself (to which BugFan Mike graciously replied that maybe nobody should be). Sources […]

Bug o’the Week – Midland Clubtail Dragonfly

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady has been checking the Wisconsin Odonata Survey website religiously (http://wiatri.net/inventory/odonata/) 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 […]

Bug o’the Week – Red-tailed Mining bee

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady visited Riveredge Nature Center recently looking for adventure, and she found it even before she hit the trails.  A dozen or so mining bees were flying around over a dirt bank near a bench – they were either nesting there or thinking about it (she came back a week later, and […]

Bug o’the Week – Tufted Bird-lime Moth

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady was visited by another moth recently, this time a Tufted Bird-lime/Tufted Bird-dropping Moth/Cherry Agate (Cerma cerintha) that appeared in her bathroom and, later, in her kitchen.  It’s a lovely little moth with a one inch-ish wingspan, in the Owlet moth family Noctuidae. Noctuids are called Owlet moths because of the way […]

Bug of the Week – A Sproing of Springtails

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady was working on this week’s episode, about a lovely little spider, but then she took a walk at the north end of the Bog and encountered a mob of springtails.  She searched for a collective noun for springtails and found a few on-line discussions about it – “mass aggregation” is the […]

Bug o’the Week – Nematodes for Poets

Salutations, BugFans, The BugLady has been elbow deep in her tax packet, and she’s bummed by the global pandemic (as one author put it, we’ll probably learn a lesson from this affair, but probably not the lesson that needs learning), so she offers this rerun from 2014, which includes an suggestion of what the earth might […]

Bug o’the Week – Bugs without Bios IX

Howdy, BugFans, Bugs without Bios celebrates the small-but-mighty insects that, mostly unsung, sneak below our radar daily.  Today’s catch have three things in common – their identifications are all “probable;” they’re all carnivores; and on each of the three, the BugLady’s Google search ran out in fewer than ten pages. CALLEIDA PUNCTATA This metallic beetle […]

Bug o’the Week – Texas Ironclad Beetle

Howdy, BugFans, When BugFan Kine sent this “what is it” picture, the BugLady’s first reaction was to raise her hand and say “Teacher, teacher!  Ask me!  Ask me!”  She didn’t recall its name, but she knew she had seen a picture of it in Kaufman’s Field Guide to Insects of North America (it’s also in the Audubon Society […]