Entries by Kate Redmond

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 […]

Bug o’the Week – Wasp Mantidfly

Greetings, BugFans, Phoresy, hypermetamorphosis, parasites, Batesian mimicry, aggregation pheromones (it’s Science Vocabulary Day), and an insect that Entomologist Eric Eaton says resembles “a science experiment gone horribly wrong.”  This one has it all. A number of years ago, BugFan Tod sent the BugLady a “what-is-it” picture of a mantisfly on a door-jamb, and she confesses […]

Bug o’the Week – Bugs in the News VIII

Howdy, BugFans, The “Bugs in the News” folder is overflowing again.  Here’s a tasteful selection of bizarre, scary, and thought-provoking information about the wonderful world of invertebrates.  Thanks to those who shared articles. MOTHS We’ve been getting it wrong – again: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/10/textbook-evolutionary-story-wrong/600295/. ANTS are always up to something: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/texan-rodeo-ants-ride-backs-bigger-ants-180973788/?utm_source=smithsoniandaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20191216-daily-responsive&spMailingID=41351776&spUserID=ODg4Mzc3MzY0MTUyS0&spJobID=1661546351&spReportId=MTY2MTU0NjM1MQS2. BUMBLEBEES The BugLady always thinks that bumble […]

Bug o’the Week – Neokolla hieroglyphica Leafhopper

Greetings, BugFans, Although this cute little leafhopper has several names – Neokolla hieroglyphica and, formerly Graphocephala gothica (and see “Extra credit” below), it doesn’t have a common name.  It’s in the leafhopper family Cicadellidae (sik-ah-DELL-ih-dee says bugguide.net), a group that the BugLady used to call “pop-bugs” in her youth because they landed on her jeans in the fields, and when she touched […]