Entries by Kate Redmond

Bug o’the Week – Forked Fungus Beetle Redux

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady has been out counting migrating raptors.  Here’s a rerun of an episode about an amazing beetle that the BugLady encountered in the late spring of 2014. Every once in a while, life hands you a special treat.  Late one recent afternoon, the BugLady was walking through the beech woods, moving far […]

Bug o’the Week – Therion Wasp

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady stood on a boardwalk in a wetland for about half an hour trying to photograph this amazing wasp as it dodged through thickets of sedges, ferns, and orchids, staying below knee-level, never landing.  This is the best picture she got.  She ID’d it as an ichneumon wasp in the genus Therion. A […]

Bug o’the Week – Late Summer Reflections

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady has been out looking for bugs as the summer winds down; her dragonfly and butterfly surveys have been yielding fewer and fewer species these days.  It has been an odd year, phenology-wise, with many species seeming to start late and wrap up early.  Seasoned BugFans will not be surprised to hear […]

Bug o’the Week – Two-spotted Tree Cricket

Greetings BugFans, The BugLady had a visitor at her front door the other day – a Two-spotted tree cricket.  When they think of tree crickets, most people picture a delicate, flat, green member of the genus Oecanthus (https://bugguide.net/node/view/883267/bgpage).  Oecanthus tree crickets, with a brief nod to the Two-spotted tree cricket, were celebrated in a previous BOTW https://uwm.edu/field-station/tree-crickets/.  Today’s story […]

Bug o’the Week – Have You Seen This Fly???

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady was poking around in a wetland toward the end of May when the Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) was in bloom.  As she photographed its flower, a syrphid fly or two buzzed in.  Any flower shot is enhanced by having an insect in it, right? Syrphid/Flower/Hover flies (family Syrphidae) are the often-tiny, […]

Bug o’the Week – Northern Amber Bumble Bee

Howdy, BugFans, This one’s dedicated to BugFan John – it was an honor. The BugLady has been enjoying an abundance of bumble bees on the prairie recently, despite the fact that, along with the start of the tree cricket chorus, it is a sure sign of the impending autumn. Quick and dirty bumble bee review: […]

Bug o’the Week – Silver-bordered Fritillary Butterfly

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady’s excursions onto the prairie are always enhanced by the sight of the almost-monarch-sized (2 ½”-3 ½” wingspan) Great Spangled Fritillaries sailing along among the flowers https://bugguide.net/node/view/1995412/bgimage.  They come by their names honestly – great and spangled indeed https://bugguide.net/node/view/61315/bgimage!  For more information about them, see https://uwm.edu/field-station/great-spangled-fritillary/. This summer, she’s been lucky enough to find these […]

Bug o’the Week – Big Orbweaver Spiders Revisited

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady has been having too much fun recently, taking pictures, so she dusted off this episode from November, 2012 and added some new words and new pictures. For years, the BugLady has been amassing shots of big, showy orbweaver spiders in the spider family Araneidae (Charlotte’s relatives), aka the Garden spiders.  She […]

Bug o’the Week – Black Witch Moth

Howdy, BugFans,   BugFan Marjie sent some “what-is-it?” pictures recently, of a lunker moth perched on one of her outbuildings.  The BugLady didn’t need to hit the books to ID this one, it’s been on her “Most Wanted” list ever since she saw its picture in Holland’s The Moth Book when she was a kid, the better […]