Wild Side: Dioctria hyalipennis

In my effort to study insects, the goal is simply to learn at least one new thing every day. Over time, in theory, the...

Wild Side: True bugs

As informal shorthand for nearly any kind of insect, the word “bug” gets used by pretty much everyone. Serious entomologists sometimes even make a...

Wild Side: Dreamy duskywing

I’ve been trying — with little success — to clean up a butterfly mystery. The subject is a homely-looking brown job that most people...

Wild Side: Bibio femoratus

“Swarms”: The word keeps cropping up in phone calls and emails, asking me to explain the astonishing explosion of black flying insects that has...

Wild Side: Three azures

Perhaps the most common question I hear at this time of year is, “What are those little blue butterflies that are all over the...

Wild Side: A perfect day for bug-hunting

My columns typically focus on one particular species that I’ve been able to learn something about. But sometimes my time in the field gets...

Wild Side: The ichneumons are here!

If you object to wasps because they sting, you’re in luck! The largest family in the wasp world has only a few members capable...

Wild Side: Sawflies

On nearly any decent winter day — sunny, not too cold, not too much snow on the ground — I try to swing through...

Wild Side: Scup and grasshoppers

Thanks to Cynthia Aguilar of West Tisbury for providing a delightful follow-up on my Jan. 26 “Wild Side” column on a massive die-off of...

Wild Side: Mourning cloaks

The Bay State’s 2016 butterfly season got off pretty much on schedule this past weekend with a report of a mourning cloak from the...