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Subject: Meet The Beetles
Location: Valley Ford, Ca.
February 9, 2014 5:52 pm
I built this guitar in 2013, with insects harvested from beetle farms around the world. The effect at guitar shows has been pretty much what I expected, from people being creeped out to people in love with it. One woman asked me, “Where are the beetles from?”, and I told her, “Liverpool.”
The body is a poured polyester resin that took 8 days to complete, and the neck is carbon graphite. I inlaid various beetles on the fingerboard for position markers. It was quite difficult to construct, and I’m not interested in making another one, so whoever buys it is going to have a unique piece of playable artwork.
Signature: Larry Robinson

Guitar embellished with real beetles

Guitar embellished with real beetles

Dear Larry,
This is truly an amazing looking guitar.  The real beetles appear to be mostly Scarabs and Buprestids or Jewel Beetles, which are both prized by collectors.  We are happy to learn that these were “farmed” beetles and not captured in the wild.  For the record, some of the “beetles” you created with the inlay work on the neck are actually true bugs.

Inlayed insects on Guitar neck

Inlayed insects on Guitar neck

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for the reply.  I originally wanted to stick with true beetles but was attracted to other species after seeing their markings. I figured you would get a kick out of it.
Best wishes,


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Unknown, Possibly a termite?
Location: Falling Waters, West Virginia
May 3, 2012 5:46 am
Hello,We have had a mild to moderate issue with medium-large sized black ants that I am assuming are ”carpenter” type ants. Then a larger bug appeared in my bed and I am wondering if it is a termite or some sort, and also what kind of ants are frequently making me use statements involving puns. They are ”bugging” me…The assumed termite is Dark Brown, roughly 3/4 of an inch long, has six legs, Yellow Stripes/Spots on back of abdomen and Thick Pincer type jaws, and is currently only moving when i turn on the light to my digital microscope…Hopefully my pictures will help. Isn’t it ironic that I can’t sleep with all these ants, and then i couldn’t find any live ants for the third picture? I try not to kill all of them but my chihuahuas must have gotten hungry haha. I look forward to your reply and thank you for your time
Signature: -Brandon D.

Oak Timberworm

Dear Brandon,
This is not a termite.  It is a Beetle, but we don’t know which beetle.  We will continue to research this matter.

Oak Timberworm

Ed. Note:  Thanks to a comment by Bugophile, we now know that this is an Oak Timberworm, a species of Weevil.

Eric Eaton provides some information
May 5, 2012
Yes, that is a “primitive weevil,” Arrhenodes minutus, and a male (females have a longer and much more slender “snout.”  The family is Brentidae, and most members are in the tropics.  The beetles are usually found under bark, or on the exterior of logs on overcast days or at dusk.


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Beetle With Humpy Back
Location: Singapore
March 4, 2012 5:27 pm
Hi again, but what is this curious looking beetle with strange bumps at its back. We sometimes see this during our outdoor trekking in one forest trail here. Thanks.
Signature: Antonio

Unknown Beetle

Our automated response
Thank you for submitting your identification request.
Please understand that we have a very small staff that does this as a labor of love. We cannot answer all submissions (not by a long shot). But we’ll do the best we can!

Thanks. I understand. But can you possibly reply back if ever the bug is identified and is posted in your site, at least I would be notified. Thanks again. :)

Hi Antonio,
We do not recognize your Beetle, but we have posted the photo.  Leave a comment on the posting and you should be notified in the future if we receive a comment that identifies your fascinating creature.  It somewhat resembles a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, but we don’t believe that is correct.  Eric Eaton once wrote that if we are unsure of the family, a good bet to check is the Darkling Beetle family Tenebrionidae.  We are linking to both the BugGuide Leaf Beetle page and the BugGuide Darkling Beetle page even though Bugguide is a North American insect site.

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Location: Singapore
May 29, 2011 12:19 am
Please help to idenditfy these 2 beetles.
Is the beetle in pic 1 a Cicindelidae
( Tiger Beetle )?
The beetle shown in pic 2 & 3 has two humps on its neck. What is it?
Thanks & regards
Signature: Lance

Tiger Beetle:  Neocollyris celebensis

Hi Lance,
We agree that the green beetle does seem to resemble the Tiger Beetles in the subfamily Cicindelidae.  Furthermore, we believe the two beetles you have submitted have many similarities and they may be closely related.  Hopefully our readership may be able to contribute a more specific identification.

Possibly a Darkling Beetle

Update:  April 8, 2013
We have been advised through comments that neither beetle is likely a Tiger Beetle.  The second photo has been tentatively identified as a Darkling Beetle in the genus
 Strongylium, thanks to a comment from David who has an image posted on FlickR.

Update:  December 1, 2013
A comment from David Moh just arrived and we agree that the upper image appears to be the Tiger Beetle
Neocollyris celebensis, which is pictured on Southeast Asian Beetles.


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Bug Name
Location: South East
October 20, 2010 6:56 pm
My dad taught me how to take a piece of grass and put it in the hole, and when the worm started to push the grass out, you YANK out the worm. I have looked everywhere and cannot find the name of the worm/bug/ant/whatever. They live in hard ground in holes. They eat small bugs and are great fish bait. So what is this bug?
Signature: Alesha

Tiger Beetle Hole

Dear Alesha,
We are perfectly charmed by your story of luring a Tiger Beetle Larva in the family Cicindelinae out of its hole with a blade of grass.  You can see a clearer image on BugGuide, but the accompanying text pales in comparison to your own personal story.

Tiger Beetle Larva

Thank you so much, you have no idea the arguments caused by this worm.  And if you think this story is charming, you should hear the others.  The excitment of living in the south, we have to entertain ourselves somehow.  Thanks again!!!

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My neighbor says they have bed bugs
Location: Lawrence, KS USA
October 20, 2010 8:39 pm
I don’t think this is a bed bug but it looks like it was living in my bed. What is it and should I be worried?
Signature: -Nandu

Carpet Beetle Larva

Hi Nandu,
Your neighbor may have Bed Bugs.  We understand they are reaching epidemic proportions in parts of the country including New York and other large cities.  Luckily, your insect is not a Bed Bug.  It is the larva of a Carpet Beetle, and though they will damage certain wool, fur and feather products, they will not pester you in the same way those pestiferous Bed Bugs will.

Thank you so much for the super fast response. I have had nightmares about bed bugs for days.

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