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Subject: looks like devils coach horse
Location: ta248pq
May 19, 2015 6:42 am
a friend found this bug in west somerset England. we think it looks like a devils coach horse but bigger about 30mm long. can you help
Signature: Barry

Oil Beetle

Oil Beetle

Dear Barry,
At first we thought this was going to be a routine identification of an Oil Beetle in the genus
Meloe, and the only item of significance is that all of our many reports are from North America and we did not realize that the genus was represented in Europe.  As we commenced research, we were led to BugLife where we learned:  “Oil beetles are incredible insects, but they are also under threat. Three of UK’s native oil beetles are now extinct, and the remaining five species have suffered drastic declines in their distributions due to changes in the way our countryside is managed. …  Oil beetles have been identified as priorities for conservation action through the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP) – meaning work needs to be done to conserve them and their habitats. To help landowners and managers our oil beetle management sheet is now available. ”   Another page on BugLife provides this information:  “Oil beetles are conspicuous, charismatic insects which are often encountered when out walking and enjoying the countryside. Their habit of seeking out bare compacted earth in which to dig nest burrows means that they are frequently seen on footpaths. The best time of year to look for oil beetles is March to June.
Please keep a look out for these beetles when walking in meadows, grasslands and open woodlands and let us know if you find them by submitting your sighting records and uploading your photos. Your records can make a real difference to our oil beetle conservation work.”
  We would urge you to be a citizen scientist and submit your sighting.  Since neither BugLife page included images of Oil Beetles, we are also linking to this BBC Earth News page where it states:  “Conservationists are asking the public to take part in the first survey of the UK’s threatened oil beetles.  These large, lustrous insects thrive in wildflower-rich grasslands and heaths – areas of habitat that are being lost.  In the last hundred years, half of the country’s eight native species of oil beetle have disappeared.”  We are featuring your submission.

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Subject: Big Bend Bug
Location: Big Bend National Park, Texas
May 9, 2015 7:26 am
Just after photographing the April sunrise lighting up Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park, we saw the bug in the attached photo. It is very pretty, with iridescent green, blue, and lavender highlights. Can you please identify him for us?
Thank you
Signature: Richard Banke

Inflated Beetle

Inflated Beetle

Dear Richard,
This is a gorgeous image of a Desert SpiderBeetle in the genus
Cysteodemus.  Based on ranges indicated on BugGuide, this is most likely Cysteodemus wislizeni, sometimes called a Black Bodied Meloid.

Daniel,
Thank you for the quick response (and the nice compliment on the photo!).
Rick

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Subject: BIG crazy beetle Nicaragua
Location: Playa Guasacate, Nicaragua
May 3, 2015 1:20 pm
Hello Mr. Bugman,
I am very curious what this large beetle might be. I looked all over online but did not find anything.
It was approx. 2 inches long, very orange big pincers on front and had large black spots. It almost looked fake! Cool and scary looking little guy. Would you be able to identify him for me?
Oh yes and I found it in the Southwest beach town called Playa Guasacate, Nicaragua.
Thanks!
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Blister Beetle:  Cissites auriculata

Blister Beetle: Cissites auriculata

The first time we received an image of this unusual Big Eared Blister Beetle, Cissites auriculata, we didn’t even recognize it as a member of the family.  According to BugGuide, it is found:  “w. & so. TX to Costa Rica; W. Indies” and “only recently (2004) found in the US” perhaps as a symptom of global warming.

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Subject: Bug in garden
Location: Southern California
April 21, 2015 3:58 pm
Found this in my garden in carlsbad, ca around 2pm on 4/21/2015. What is it?
Signature: Carole

Iron Cross Blister Beetle

Iron Cross Blister Beetle

Dear Carole,
This distinctive beetle is an Iron Cross Blister Beetle.

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Subject: weird metallic beetle new mexico
Location: new mexico usa
April 16, 2015 12:23 pm
I been seeing these beetles all over my yard and in my tree wells
Signature: seraphim

Desert Spider Beetle

Desert Spider Beetle

Dear Seraphim,
Though it is commonly called a Desert Spider Beetle, this member of the genus
Cysteodemus is a Blister Beetle.  We believe it is most likely Cysteodemus wislizeni which is found in New Mexico and Texas according to BugGuide.

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Subject: beetle
Location: Pasadena MD
April 13, 2015 2:33 am
I found a species of beetle hiking across the kitchen counter and cannot identify. I walked it onto a paper towel and released outside but it did not seems to have the ability to fly.
Signature: Brian S

Blister Beetle

Blister Beetle

Dear Brian,
We believe your Blister Beetle is
Lytta aenea, a species with no common name, based on this image posted to BugGuide.

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