Entries by rbuchholz

Bug o’the Week – Buffalo Treehopper

Howdy, BugFans, Even though she’s never exactly sure which species she’s looking at, the BugLady is always tickled when she finds one of these pointy little bugs.  Here’s what you need to know about the improbable-looking buffalo treehopper – that it can fly and hop as well as walk, and that in Germany it’s called the “Büffelzikade” […]

Bug o’the Week – Two-lined Spittlebug

Greetings, BugFans, Isn’t this a spiffy little bug (and, yes, the word “bug” is correct, for a change, because it’s in the bug order Hemiptera)! First, the names: Two-lined spittlebugs (Prosapia bicincta) are in the family Cercopidae, aka the Froghoppers.  Why?  Because their main mode of transportation is jumping, and they do it well – some […]

Bug o’the Week – Thyreodon atricolor Wasp

Howdy, BugFans,   Thyreodon atricolor (no common name), one of the BugLady’s “Nemesis Bugs,” is a big, beautiful wasp that flies tantalizingly through dappled, woody edges, preceded by those fabulous, yellow antennae.  It seldom stops, and when it does, it often perches in the shade.  The BugLady is gratified to see that lots of the shots […]

Bug o’the Week – Giant Water Bugs Revisited

Greetings, BugFans, Not long ago, an email correspondent reported seeing a giant water bug in a parking lot, so the BugLady decided to refresh a BOTW episode from 2009 with some new content and lots of cool links. Giant Water Bugs are “true bugs” in the Order Hemiptera and the family Belostomatidae.  It’s not a […]

Bug o’the Week – Silver-spotted Skipper

Greetings, BugFans,   This wonderful caterpillar dropped down onto the railing the other day while the BugLady was eating breakfast on the porch (those orange spots on its head aren’t eyes, they’re just there to scare you).  The Silver-spotted skipper was mentioned briefly ten years ago in a general BOTW about skippers, in which the […]

Bug o’the Week – Maple Spanworm 2

Howdy, BugFans, Another week, another Maple Spanworm.  This one, the Large maple spanworm (Prochoerodes lineola) is also in the family Geometridae.  The BugLady didn’t have to play her usual game of Identification Roulette because, of the seven New World species in this primarily tropical genus, this is the only one that occurs in eastern North America. Like […]

Bug o’the Week – Maple Spanworm

Howdy, BugFans, Isn’t this moth exquisite!  It’s one of several moths in the family Geometridae that go by the same name – Maple spanworm (more about that in a future episode). And it’s one of several “new bugs” that the BugLady saw for the first time this year. Here’s a glamor shot of one http://ottawa.moths.ca/geometridae/pages/06797-ennomos-magnaria-A2.html. Anyway, Geometrids […]

Bug o’the Week – Cross Orbweaver Spider

Salutations, BugFans, The BugLady is literally surrounded by Cross orbweavers (Araneus diadematus).  Egg cases were attached to the house and porch last fall, and masses of spiderlings emerged in early summer; she often has to break through a web to get out the door.  In her research, the BugLady has seen this group labeled as orbweavers, orb-weavers, and […]

Bug o’the Week – Trogus pennator

Salutations, BugFans, The BugLady was walking along the trail at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve recently when she saw a flashy, orange, inch-long wasp actively hunting for something in some white ash saplings.  The wasp was flying from tree to tree, searching among the leaves.  It returned several times to a twig upon which sat an infant Tiger […]

Bug o’the Week – More Scenes of Summer

Greetings, BugFans, OK – it’s September, but the bug season isn’t over yet. Outside of wetlands, if there’s anything better than a walk on the prairie, surrounded by Big Bluestem grass, with big Common Green Darners and Black Saddlebags dragonflies overhead, the BugLady hasn’t found it yet.  Here is another batch of summer images, mostly from […]