Reports from the Field

Bug o’the Week – Olympia Marble Butterfly

The Olympia Marble (Euchloe olympia), aka Olympian Marble and Olympia Marblewing, is in the family Pieridae (the Whites, Sulphurs, and Yellows).  It’s found in a wedge-shaped patch of ground in the middle of North America, plus some disjunct populations in the Appalachians and Texas, and it’s the easternmost of the seven North American Marbles (Wisconsin and Michigan have the greatest numbers of the species).  Within its range, it is local and uncommon.


Bug o’the Week – Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bugs (Leptoglossus occidentalis) (aka Pine seed bugs) are in the True bug order Hemiptera (“half-wing,” a reference to the two different textures of the front wings and in the Leaf-footed bug family Coreidae, a large family of sometimes-dramatic-looking, sap-sucking insects with pretty cute little nymphs. Coreids produce a buzzing sound in flight and an odor when provoked.


Bug o’the Week – Striped Fishing Spider

Howdy, BugFans,

When the BugLady was on Riveredge’s excellent floating pier in the Milwaukee River last spring, she looked over and saw two, spectacular Striped fishing spiders on rocks above the waterline.


Bug o’the Week – Gulf Fritillary – a Snowbird Special

This is not your grandfather’s fritillary (unless your grandfather is a Southerner).  Gulf Fritillaries are in the Brush-footed butterfly family Nymphalidae, along with a whole bunch of familiar Wisconsin butterflies, and they’re with the fritillaries in the subfamily Heliconiinae (which used to be its own family).  But, unlike our familiar fritillaries, they’re in the tribe Heliconiini, aka the Heliconians or Longwings, many of which occur in tropical climes and have long, slim, spectacular wings.


Bug o’the Week – Bugs without Bios XVII

Greetings, BugFans,

The “Bugs without Bios” series features a bunch of lovely insects that need to hire a PR firm – they fly happily below the radar, and little is written about them.


Farewell, Friends

Dear Riveredge Family, Today is my last day as the Riveredge Executive Director. As I move on to my next professional chapter, I am overcome with nine years of memories […]


Bug o’the Week – Ants in My Plants Rerun

Salutations, BugFans, Here we are, in the trough between Christmas and New Year’s. The interminable Christmas movies have been put to bed (YAY!), and reruns rule. Here, too.


Bug o’ the Week: The Twelve(ish) Bugs of Christmas

Season’s Greetings, BugFans, When the BugLady initiated this annual tradition in 2012 – showing pictures of bugs she had photographed but whom (objective case) she had already written about (OK – about whom she had already written) – she was already in trouble.


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