Entries by Kate Redmond

Bug o’the Week – Small Magpie Moth Mystery

Greetings, BugFans, A few days ago, the BugLady was mulling over which insect she was going to feature in the next BOTW.  She headed out the door to hike to the mailbox, and there, on the inside of the storm door, trapped between it and the back door, sat this beautiful Small magpie moth.  The […]

Bug o’the Week – And Now for Something a Little Different VIII – What Are Those Things?

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady is recovering (slowly) from some computer issues, her convalescence complicated by the fact that she doesn’t speak the language.  This article is modified from one she wrote for the Winter, 2014 issue of the BogHaunter, newsletter of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog. Crusty green or gray growths that look like they’ve […]

Bug o’the Week – Clouded Plant Bug

Greetings, BugFans,   For several years the BugLady has been photographing this nifty little bug at the edges of Riveredge prairies.  She figured it was one of the (many) mirid plant bugs, but it’s been uninviting outside lately – damp and cloudy, with a chance of slush – so she applied herself and decided on […]

Bug o’the Week – Elm Sawfly

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady got a few “what’s this dynamite caterpillar?” pictures from a friend toward the end of summer – one of a larva, and one of a pupal case in not-very-good shape.  She usually gets “what’s this wasp/fly?” pictures of the equally-distinctive adult in June, like this one from BugFan Andy. Sawflies are […]

Bug o’the Week – Water Penny Redux

Howdy, BugFans,   In the spirit of New Year’s Eve, here’s a rerun about a really spiffy little aquatic insect, revised from 10 years ago with some new words and pictures and also a correction.  In the original episode, the BugLady erroneously referred to adult water penny beetles as riffle beetles, but they aren’t riffle […]

Bug o’the Week – The Twelve Bugs of Christmas 2019

Season’s Greetings, BugFans, Let’s celebrate the (almost bugless) Season with a dozen bugs that were photographed this year.  Down through the centuries, various regional versions of the classic Christmas carol have included hares a-running, ducks quacking, badgers baiting, bulls a-roaring, biting cows, bears a-beating, cocks a-crowing, asses racing, starlings, plovers, goldspinks (goldfinches), sides of meat, […]

Bug o’the Week – Horsefly

Howdy, BugFans, The first rule of finding insects is “Look on flowers.”  Flowers provide a place to rest, as well as a place to eat and be eaten.  The second rule is “if you see an insect that’s really still (or in an odd position), look for a predator nearby.”  So, when the BugLady spotted […]

Bug o’the Week – Ninebark – a Bug Magnet

Greetings, BugFans, A few years ago, when the BugLady wrote about the ninebark leaf beetle (Calligrapha spiraea) https://uwm.edu/field-station/rorschach-beetles-family-chrysomelidae/, she made a mental note to pay more attention to ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) during its blooming period.  Ninebark?  The way the BugLady heard the story, the shrub’s name comes from the German word “nein” for “no,” a reference to […]