Reports from the Field

Bug o’the Week – Ostracods

Salutations, BugFans, By now it’s no secret that the BugLady is enthralled by wee critters that swim about in the water, especially the water of ephemeral ponds.  Who needs charismatic […]


Bug o’ the Week – A Bevy of Tachinid Flies

Howdy, BugFans, It’s Science Vocabulary Day. A common prairie resident in late summer is a large, noisy, skittish Tachinid fly with a bristly, bulbous, shiny black abdomen; the BugLady wrote […]


Bug o’ the Week – Two-marked Treehopper

Howdy, BugFans, The BugLady gets a kick out of these thorn-mimicking Two-marked treehoppers (Enchenopa binotata) (“two spots”); there’s something both dignified and comical about the cut of their jib.  Treehoppers […]


Bug o’ the Week – Lessons from Moths

Howdy BugFans, Moths, often inscrutable to the BugLady, are contributing members of the ecosystems they occupy.  Caterpillars impact their food plants in sometimes devastating ways; adults are often listed as […]


Bug o’ the Week – Velvet Ant

Salutations, BugFans, Earlier this summer, the BugLady was wondering about the value of mimicking a velvet ant in an area where velvet ants are absent.  Two months later she found […]


Bug o’ the Week – Robber Fly

Howdy, BugFans, Some of the larger species of Robber fly are out and about these days, rising up from the tall grass with an annoyed buzz as the BugLady passes.  […]


Bug o’ the Week – Moth Collection

Howdy, BugFans, Butterflies, those “Charismatic Insecto-fauna,” have lots of fans, and some of the more popular species even have their own websites and Citizen Science projects.  Along with moths, they […]


Bug o’ the Week – Phantom Crane Fly

Salutations, BugFans, What an excellent fly! Most BugFans are familiar with crane flies (those giant, non-biting “mosquitoes” in the family Tipulidae) (keep an eye out – some of the fall-flying […]


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