Entries by Kate Redmond

Bug o’the Week – Bugs without Bios XVI

Greetings, BugFans, It’s time again to celebrate the bugs that fly under the radar – bugs that are neither famous nor infamous and that live alongside of us, about whom not much has been written.  All three of these species, coincidentally, have their flight periods in the first half of the summer.   CURRANT TIP […]

Bug o’the Week – Thick-clubbed Sawfly

Howdy, BugFans, Sawflies appear infrequently in these pages, the most recently a year ago, in the person of the spectacular Elm sawfly (https://uwm.edu/field-station/elm-sawfly/).  The sawflies that the BugLady typically sees (recognizes) are usually the wasp mimics that looks like this https://bugguide.net/node/view/26145.  About sawflies in general, much has been written, but the information often peters out as […]

Bug o’the Week – Mayfly Revisited

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady thought it was time to give this episode from 2008 a make-over – many new words and pictures. Mayflies, order Ephemeroptera (which means “short-lived wings”) are a large and complicated group, and because the BugLady has not learned the secret mayfly handshake yet, what follows is general information about the Order […]

Bug o’the Week – Mexican Grass-carrying Wasp

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady will always associate this wasp with the pandemic.  In early summer, she got an email from a BugFan who, because she was working from home (and maybe looking out the window a little bit??), noticed that the track of one her sliding windows had been stuffed with grass.  What was going […]

Bug o’the Week – Wildflower Watch – Water Hemlock

Howdy, BugFans, In mid-summer, water hemlock bloomed lushly in the swamps at the north end of the Bog. A note about water hemlock (Cicuta maculata), a wetland plant that looks like Queen Anne’s lace on steroids. It’s related to the plant that killed Socrates but is in a different genus, and it’s probably the most […]

Bug o’the Week – Procecidochares atra fruit fly

Greetings, BugFans, The story of this fly (whose name is considerably longer than the fly itself) demonstrates why the BugLady loves BOTW.  Could she dig up a lot of details about how this little beauty lives its life?  She could not.  But she found two interesting side stories about it. As always, our first episode […]

Bug o’the Week – Colorado potato beetle redux

Greetings, BugFans, Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, it’s all reruns.  Please enjoy this slightly updated episode about a pretty little garden scourge, along with a year-end sermonette. . This is the story of The Little Beetle That Could, of a half-inch beetle that’s much too good at what it does.  So good, in fact, that […]

Bug o’the Week – Red-cross shield bug

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady found this beautiful, rosy Red-cross shield bug while she was wandering around at the north end of the Bog on a fine day in May.  Once upon a time, she would have been correct if she had called this a stink bug.  Stink bugs are in the family Pentatomidae, a large […]

Bug o’the Week – Bugs in the News IX

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady’s file of insect-related media stories runneth over, and it’s time to share.  Here’s a potpourri of items on invasive insect species, insect behavior, spectacular insects, and on people discovering new things about insects.  Enjoy (fingers crossed that NatGeo and the New York Times aren’t feeling too proprietary). Six years ago, the […]

Bug o’the Week – Square-headed wasp

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady is living proof that there’s a big difference between looking and seeing.  For years, she’s been photographing these little black and yellow wasps and filing them under “Potter wasps,” but she had an “Oh Duh” moment this summer, and yeah, yeah – she sees it now.  As Henry David Thoreau once […]