Bug of the Month

A bumble bee on a thistle.  Image credit: Darya Alvarez, Insect Biodiversity Center

Bug of the Month is a student–run monthly post which highlights the diversity of insects found in Pennsylvania.

Initiated by Entomology graduate student Rachel McLaughlin, this effort combines her passions for photography, entomology, and natural history. BOTM factsheets are currently written and curated by Insect Biodiversity Center graduate student fellow Laura Laiton.

Each month we will display a different featured bug of the month right here on this page. You can view archived factsheets by clicking on the pdf links below.

An adult firefly sits on the tip of leaf
Fireflies, commonly known as lightning bugs, are beetles whose abdomens glow at night

Archived BOTM Entries