Entries by rbuchholz

Bug o’the Week – Bumble Flower Beetle

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady had a wonderful Beetle Experience the other day.  She was at Riveredge Nature Center, attempting to photograph some butterflies (a Common Wood Nymph and a few Viceroys) on a large cup-plant that had bloomed and was forming seeds when she noticed s ome drab, half-inch, hairy bees sitting on/in the flower heads.  When […]

Bug o’the Week – Seven-spotted Ladybug

Greetings, BugFans, Sometimes, the origins of insects’ names are pretty inscrutable, but not that of the Seven-spotted Ladybug.  Its name does need a little unpacking, though – like the firefly/lightning bug, the ladybug/ladybird is a beetle (alternate name, lady beetle).  The Lady in question is the Virgin, to whom the people in the Middle Ages prayed when aphids were […]

Bug o’the Week – European Skipper Butterfly

Howdy, BugFans,    The BugLady has trouble wrapping her head around the idea of a non-native butterfly, especially one that’s considered a pest.  What could be more benign than a butterfly?  But, there’s the non-native Cabbage White butterfly (there’s even an alien orchid that’s considered invasive in some areas – read https://northamericanorchidcenter.org/non-native-orchids/ for more about that).  Of course, when butterflies are listed […]

Bug o’the Week – Summer Survey

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady is spending as much time as she can in the field (and the rest of it editing pictures) because, you know, the Summer Solstice has passed, and a little wave of warblers moved through her yard the other day, and winter is coming.  Many of these beauties have already starred in their […]

Bug o’the Week – Red-shouldered Pine Borer

Howdy, BugFans, Meet another of the BugLady’s new neighbors, a handsome black beetle with red epaulets called the Red-shouldered Pine Borer.  It came to her front door – well, actually, it was trapped in her front door, between the screen and the raised glass of the storm door, and its rescue involved dismantling the glass/screen assembly with one […]

Bug o’the Week – Gold-and-Brown Rove beetle

Salutations, BugFans, This is National Moth Week – find a celebration near you. July is turning out to be Beetle Month, and here’s a beauty.  It’s a Rove beetle, family Staphylinidae, a beetle family that rivals the weevils (and the Ichneumonid wasps) for the title of largest animal family (and scientists are still discovering new species).  It […]

Bug o’the Week – Thistle-head Weevil

Greetings, BugFans, Another week, another alien beetle eating an alien thistle.  The BugLady found this pair of weevils while she was chasing Thistle tortoise beetles (clearly, it’s a weevil that gets a lot of mileage out of its food plant).  And, in the “Ain’t the Internet Grand” category, a Google search for “weevil on thistle” resulted in […]

Bug o’the Week – Thistle Tortoise Beetle

Salutations, BugFans, The BugLady was wandering the trails at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve recently when she spied a lovely green Thistle tortoise beetle on Canada thistle.  Tortoise beetles have made previous BOTW appearances in the form of the Mottled tortoise beetle (http://uwm.edu/field-station/tortoise-beetle/) in 2014 and the Horsemint tortoise beetle (http://uwm.edu/field-station/horsemint-tortoise-beetle/) in 2016.  After she saw an adult, […]

Bug o’the Week – Stag Beetle Lucanus placidus

Greetings, BugFans, The BugLady now lives on the edge of a sand dune, with some pine and spruce around the edges, and she’s looking forward to meeting her new six and eight-legged neighbors.  This stag beetle is the first species to step up (thanks, BugFan Becca, for the fancy footwork). We have seen stag beetles (family […]

Howdy, BugFans, OK – this is a love story of sorts.  It’s an episode that originated in 2009, and it has already been rerun once and now rewritten again.  But…..the BugLady just returned from southern Ohio, where she co-led a workshop about Bugs and Wonder (an unappreciated, sometimes suspect, and insufficiently-entertained state of mind) (and mostly we […]