Bug of the Week

The 12 Bugs of Christmas

Seasons’ Greetings, BugFans,

In lieu of the usual bug biography, the BugLady presents The Twelve Bugs of Christmas – a tribute to a dozen insects (a Baker’s Dozen, really) that were photographed this year but not featured in a BOTW. Let the singing commence.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the BugLady gave to me: Twelve Wasps-Waiting .


OK – the BugLady can’t sustain that, but BugFans may hum along on their own.


Jumping Spiders, admired even by Arachnophobes, can leap distances up to 50 times their length, though they unfurl a “dragline” for safety as they go. This one answers to the name of Phidippus clarus.


Bumblebee and Company – And that’s why they’re called “ Pollinators .”


Darner exuviae – Before they are Masters of the Air, immature darners, called naiads, creep about underwater. Naiads leave the water at night to begin their transformation (fewer predators, moister air), leaving shed skins (exuviae) and a glint of sunshine on wings for late-risers to discover.


Crab Spider On Trillium – A warm, spring day; a small, early predator; a beautiful spot for an ambush.


A Japanese Beetle is one spiffy-looking beetle – unless it’s eating your roses, grapes, raspberries, cherries, basswoods, birches, beans, strawberries, peaches, etc., etc., etc.


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