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Subject: Smiley-Faced Bug
Location: Sans Souci, Sydney Australia
January 24, 2015 9:00 am
Hi, I was hoping you might be able to identify this smiley faced bug from Nsw, Australia.
Regards
David Miller
Signature: David Miller

Leafminer Beetle

Lantana Leafminer Beetle

Dear David,
This sure looks to us like a Leafminer Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, probably a Lantana Leafminer Beetle,
Octotoma scabripennis, which we found pictured on the Brisbane Insect Website where it states:  “Lantana Leafminer Beetles are easily found on Lantana. Their larvae mine in the middle layers of leaves and pupate there. The adult beetles feed on the leaf surface. “  We also learned:  “Lantana Leafminer Beetles are introduced to Australia as a biological control to the weed Lantana Lantana camara.  The beetle’s feeding activities reduce plant vigour and suppress flowering.”  The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Biosecurity Queensland site has an excellent Fact Sheet on the Lantana Leafminer Beetle where we learned:  ”  Octotoma scabripennis occurs naturally from Mexico to Nicaragua.  Cultures of Octotoma scabripennis originated from Mexico.  The insect was first released in Australia in 1966.”  The Lantana Leafminer Beetle is also pictured on the American Insects site.

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Subject: Green beetle
Location: South Africa, Gauteng Province, Pretoria
January 24, 2015 7:43 am
I found this green beetle in the back yard trying to hide in the grass. Not sure if it can fly or how it got here, quite curious to find out what it is. I searched a bit on the internet but couldn’t find anything about it.
Signature: George

Flower Chafer

Flower Chafer

Dear George,
Just yesterday we posted some images of this pretty Flower Chafer,
Dicranorrhina derbyana, also from South Africa.

Fruit Chafer

Fruit Chafer

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Subject: What beetle is this?
Location: Centurion, South Africa
January 22, 2015 2:43 am
Hi Bugman
attached pics from my cellphone refer. Just called out into the garden by my wife, we have both never seen this one before, it was on the figtree ( in fruit). Just interested to know about it? We are in sunny South Africa in the town of Centurion in Gauteng Province….
Kind regards
Signature: Kind regards Andrew & Jenni Foxley

Flower Chafer:  Dicranorrhina derbyana

Flower Chafer: Dicranorrhina derbyana

Have just identified the beetle as a flower chafer…….  no need to reply, thanks all the same!!!

Flower Chafer:  Dicranorrhina derbyana

Flower Chafer: Dicranorrhina derbyana

Dear Andrew and Jenni Foxley,
We are happy that you have already identified your Fruit or Flower Chafer. In our opinion, it is
Dicranorrhina derbyana, a species represented on our site in several postings.

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Subject: Giant African Beetle
Location: Ghana Africa
January 20, 2015 7:10 pm
This beauty visited us at breakfast one morning in Ghana Africa. Looks a bit like a blister beetle, is that correct? I never got blisters, but I was really gentle with it.
Signature: Don

Longicorn

Longicorn may be Analeptes trifasciata

Dear Don,
This is a Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae.  We have tried to identify the species without any luck, but we have not finished searching.

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Subject: chlorobapta frontalis
Location: Forbes, NSW
January 20, 2015 8:10 pm
Hi guys,
I found this little guy sneaking into my house, did a google search and found your page – http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2011/03/02/green-fiddler-beetle-from-australia/
I live in Forbes NSW and have just released it back into the garden. I just wanted to send you the photos i took.
Regards,
Signature: Bri

Scarab Beetle:  Chlorobapta frontalis

Scarab Beetle: Chlorobapta frontalis

Dear Bri,
When we originally created that posting, we misidentified this Fruit Chafer,
Chlorobapta frontalis, as a Green Fiddler Beetle, but we were corrected by Karl.  Karl always provides links with his comments, and we can’t help but to wonder if the links have been broken in the intervening years.  There is a photo on iNaturalist and a link from there to this lovely FlickR image.  Project Noah has the correct scientific name, but interestingly calls it the common name Fiddler Beetle, which is generally used to describe Eupoecila australasiae.

Scarab Beetle:  Chlorobapta frontalis

Scarab Beetle: Chlorobapta frontalis

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for your reply.
Please feel free to use the photos on your site if you wish, though the quality isn’t great because i used my phone camera and didn’t want to harm the little guy by trying to get better shots!

Hi again Bri,
We really like your images, and we posted all three, though we did increase the contrast and employ conservative digital sharpening.

Fruit Chafer

Fruit Chafer

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Subject: Beetle identification
Location: Caprivi Region, namibia
January 13, 2015 12:53 am
Dear Bugman,
Please identify this bug for me. Found it on the lawn of Camp Chobe Safaris in the Caprivi Region, Namibia.
Thank you.
Signature: Charmaine

Net Winged Beetle:  Lycus trabeatus

Net Winged Beetle: Lycus trabeatus

Dear Charmaine,
We identified your Net Winged Beetle in the family Lycidae as Lycus trabeatus on FlickR much faster than we thought we would be able to do.  It is also pictured on iSpot.  Should you decide you want to commemorate your sighting, you can get this marvelous T-Shirt from latostadora.

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