Entries by rbuchholz

Bug o’the Week – Horned Passalus (Bess) Beetle

Howdy, BugFans,   The BugLady has been wanting to do an episode about Bess beetles for a long time, but she didn’t have a picture of one (many thanks to BugFans Tom and Joe for sharing).  Why Bess beetles?  Because they exhibit what’s called “pre-social behavior,” and they vocalize like crazy, and they have lots […]

Bug o’the Week – Short-winged Bunchgrass Locust Revisited

Greetings, BugFans,   Back in the summer of 2009, the BugLady found a spectacular grasshopper in the UWM Field Station prairie (she waded in, her desire to photograph it outweighing apprehension caused by the number of chiggers that live in that particular bit of grassland).  It was a Short-winged Bunchgrass Locust/Grasshopper (Pseudopomala brachyptera) (brachyptera means “short-winged”), […]

Bug o’the Week – Rusty-patched Bumble Bee

Salutations, BugFans, The summer of 2018 saw an encouraging number of sightings of Rusty-patched bumble bees in southeastern Wisconsin – encouraging because the Rusty-patched bumble bee is on the Federal Endangered Species list, and also because there seem to be a growing number of people who are aware of the bee and are looking for […]

Bug o’the Week – Northern Metalmark Butterfly

Hi, BugFans,   Back in 2010, the BugLady wrote about the Swamp Metalmark, a lovely little butterfly that is fading from the Wisconsin scene and from other parts of its range in the Midwest (https://uwm.edu/field-station/swamp-metalmark/).  When she was in southern Ohio in June, she photographed a Northern Metalmark (Calephelis borealis).  Full disclosure: Northern Metalmarks are not […]

Bug o’the Week – The 12 Bugs of Christmas

Season’s Greetings, BugFans, As always, we pause to celebrate (while humming seasonal songs and drinking eggy, adult beverages), the Twelve Bugs of Christmas (plus one) – a baker’s dozen of bugs, many of whom have already starred in their own BOTWs but who posed nicely for the BugLady this year. Acmaeodora pulchella – The BugLady is […]

Bug o’the Week – European Earwig

Salutations, BugFans,   People respond to insects intellectually, aesthetically, and viscerally.  Intellectually, earwigs are fascinating insects; viscerally – Ick!!  Earwigs are Stealth Insects, and it creeps the BugLady out when masses of earwigs scramble away as she picks up a flower pot or flips up the cover of the garage-door-opener keypad or opens her mailbox (though they feed […]

Bug o’the Week – Red Cocklebur Weevil

Howdy, BugFans   The BugLady (who loves finding weevils) found this one in Ohio, but it does live here in God’s Country and throughout eastern North America.  With about 83,000 species worldwide (3,000 in North America), the very-diverse weevil family, Curculionidae, is one of the largest animal (not just insect – animal!) families.  Weevils can be recognized by their cute […]