Entries by rbuchholz

Bug o’ the Week – Snipe Fly

Howdy, BugFans,   Flies (which we tend to view as mangled objects at the business end of a flyswatter) belong to the large order, Diptera (“two wings”) – 100,000-plus species have been described and probably another 100,000-plus species are waiting in line for scientific attention (one out of every ten animals is a fly) (and […]

Bug o’ the Week – Glowworm Beetle

Howdy, BugFans,   Mike and Jessica were chasing a glow-in-the-dark Frisbee around the lawn one recent night (they live well beyond the streetlights), when they realized that they weren’t alone.  There were small, luminous spots in the grass that, when they looked closer, turned out to be grub-like insects (good spotting, folks!).  They carefully picked […]

Bug o’ the Week – The Ants of CESA

Salutations, BugFans,   A few years ago, BugFan Marjie had a fantastic idea.  She wanted to get people out on the trails of the natural areas here in Ozaukee County (Wisconsin).  The plan – to staff different sites each year with interpreters, send people on their way with passports to be stamped at each destination, […]

Bug o’ the Week – Virgin Tiger Moth

Howdy, BugFans,   What a classy-looking moth!   It’s a Virgin tiger moth (Grammia virgo) (probably), a member of a large group of sometimes dramatically patterned moths who whose fuzzy offspring are called “wooly bears” or “wooly worms” (the familiar, rust-and-black, “weather-predicting” wooly bear caterpillar is the offspring of the Isabella Tiger Moth).  Depending on […]

Bug o’ the Week – June Bug Redux

Greetings, BugFans,   In honor of the annual reappearance of June beetles/bugs this past week, the BugLady is dusting off and sprucing up a BOTW from six years ago.  A clarification:  a number of different genera of beetles in various regions of America are also popularly called June bugs/May beetles (and there’s even a conspicuous […]

Bug o’the Week – Bald-faced Hornet

Salutations, BugFans,   When she was at an Impressionable Age, the BugLady had a teacher who said “Don’t just tell them what it is, tell them ‘What about it’” (because when we know an organism’s name, we don’t know everything about it – knowing the name just allows us to start opening doors).   What […]

Changing Habits for Habitats

This year, the Coyotes homeshool high schoolers, age 13-17, studied environmental science here at Riveredge Nature Center. As part of their yearly curriculum they are required to do a community project. The 2014 class started a blog as part of their project. The title of their project for 2014 is Changing Habits for Habitats. The […]

Bug o’ the Week – Longhorns without Bios

Salutations, BugFans,   These three, neat beetles have been queued up for a long time, waiting for their BOTW.  They have two things in common – all three are in the beetle family Cerambycidae, and all seem to be leading lives under the radar – two of them don’t even have common names.   The […]

Bug of the Week – Midges Again

Salutations, BugFans,   Recently, the BugLady got a phone call from a reporter who asked about the clouds of small, flying insects (they were midges) that were attracting attention in his community, so she decided to spruce up this BOTW from five years ago (new words, new pictures).  Midges out and about now, are able […]

Bug o’ the Week – Semi-aquatic Springtails

Howdy BugFans,   Having delved last time into the mysteries of the meniscus, the BugLady is introducing more creatures of the surface film, the semi aquatic springtails (SASTs).  Springtails are an amazing bunch of former-insects – older insect books list them in Class Insecta (they do have 6 legs), but recent thinking, supported by DNA […]