Entries by rbuchholz

Bug o’the Week – Three Spring Dragonflies Plus Two

Salutations, BugFans, They’re big, they’re beautiful, and they’re back!  The BugLady has been out on the trail and has been enjoying the first butterflies and dragonflies of the season.  She walked the floating boardwalk at Horicon Marsh the other day – Common Green Darners everywhere!  Makes a person dream that spring might happen!  Anyway, this […]

Bug o’the Week – Gray Hairstreak Butterfly

Howdy, BugFans,   There are a number of wildflowers that the BugLady stores in her mental “Texas Wildflowers” file because even though they occur elsewhere, she first saw/photographed them in Texas.  So, when she photographed this Gray Hairstreak in New Jersey, she put it in her “Butterflies of the East” file, but it doesn’t really […]

Bug o’the Week – Dark Fishing Spider

Salutations, BugFans,   The DARK FISHING SPIDER is one BugLady’s favorite spiders (even though it isn’t even a crab spider).  First of all, it’s beautiful.  Second, it’s big, one of the biggest in North America – the leg-span of a large female can approach four inches!  Third, it’s a challenge to sneak up on and […]

Bug o’the Week – Dung Beetle

Salutations, BugFans,   Sometimes, the secret of getting a good picture is “Right time, right place, right toys.”  The BugLady has been longing to do an episode on dung beetles – they’re amazing insects, and they live right here in Wisconsin, but clearly, she has not been in the right place at the right time, […]

Bug o’the Week – Asian Multicolored Ladybug Redux

Greetings, BugFans,   The BugLady heard a funny sound while she was reading the other night, the kind of small thunk, thunk, thunk that made her wonder if there might be a small leak in the roof.  After a little reconnoitering (and, mercifully, dry fingers) she traced the sound to a ladybug that was bouncing off of the inside […]

Bug o’the Week – Spotless Antlion – a Tale in Three Parts

Howdy, BugFans,   PART ONE – THE BACKGROUND: As we all know, there’s a huge difference between looking and seeing.  The BugLady has a wooden pier across the top of the dune that protects her from Lake Michigan.  One day, at the end of June, she looked down and had an “Oh, Duh!!!” moment when it finally registered […]

Bug o’the Week – Gray Field Slug

Salutations, BugFans,   The BugLady found this impressive (1 ½” to 2”) slug climbing around on her cottage in early October.  It has been almost 11 years since we last considered slugs (time flies!).  For a quick Slugs 101 review, see https://uwm.edu/field-station/slug/.  Recent BugFans please note that slugs, while not insects, are fair game because BOTW uses the kindergarten […]

Bug o’the Week – Bugs without Bios XIII

Salutations, BugFans,   Another celebration of (regrettably) anonymous bugs.  There are in the neighborhood of 100,000 insect species in North America, but not everyone has a biographer (note to self – it takes a lot longer to research the unsung species than the notorious ones). HERAEUS PLEBEJUS (no common name): This pretty, little Dirt-Colored Seed Bug was […]

Bug o’the Week – Azure Bluet

Howdy, BugFans,   Even in a group of damselflies that are called bluets, the Azure Bluet is an amazing color! Bluets are damselflies in the Narrow-winged/Pond Damselfly family Coenagrionidae, which also includes the dancers, forktails and sprites. Most of Wisconsin’s 20 species of bluets are in the genus Enallagma (the American bluets), and except for two species […]