Help find the spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula

  Spectacularly beautiful but nonetheless harmful, spotted lanternflies provide yet another challenge in the never ending battle with invasive species.    “We’d like to give a shout out to our viewers for their support in a milestone Bug of the Week recently achieved – the Bug of the Week YouTube channel has passed 300,000 visits! […]

Destination Monteverde, Costa Rica: Rainy day in the vanishing cloud forest with butterflies, moths, and froghoppers

  Cloud forests are home to unique and wonderful insects like the beautiful saturniid moth, Cerodirphia avenata.   With Old Man winter still hanging around much of the nation, this week we again head to warmer places to visit insects in the Costa Rican cloud forest. Tropical cloud forests are among the most unique and […]

Red Tree Dwelling Weaver Ant Alate from South Vietnam

Subject:  Large flying brownish yellow ant… Geographic location of the bug:  SE Asia (prelude to monsoon season) Date: 05/18/2018 Time: 12:17 AM EDT Your letter to the bugman:  Hello Bugman, After hearing / seeing what I at first thought to be a V8 engine flying around my room – then the ‘engine’ eventually doing the […]

Destination Belmopan, Belize – Look who’s looking at you: Owl butterflies, Caligo

  A scary eye spot adorns the wing of an owl butterfly. Can it fool hungry predators?   This pair of owl butterflies might make a hungry predator turn back and run. With Old Man Winter still holding his grasp on much of the nation, it is time to journey once again to tropical rainforests […]

Destination Cahal Pech, Belize to visit rainforest recyclers: Nozzle-headed termites, Nasutitermes

  This termite soldier squirts defensive chemicals through the elongated snout called a nasus at the front of its head.   As winter continues in much of the U.S. let’s take another trip to somewhere warm. We return to Belize where last week we enjoyed tricky owl butterflies, masters of deception bearing false eyespots on […]

Destination Potomac, Maryland – Spring arrives and with it, ticks: Lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum, and Blacklegged ticks, Ixodes

  Does this lone star nymph carry the tick borne disease ehrlichiosis or STARI? Inquiring minds want to know.   Ticks will climb up vegetation and reach out with forelegs to encounter a host. This behavior is called questing. With the arrival of 70-degree days in the Washington region, ticks have awakened from their chilly […]