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Subject: Is this a click beetle
Location: Costa rica
March 2, 2016 6:56 am
I saw this in the rain forest near limon in Costa rica. I think its a click beetle.
Signature: James Roberts

Click Beetle

Click Beetle

Dear James,
This really is a pretty Click Beetle in the family Elateridae.  We believe we have correctly identified it as Semiotus insignis on the South Dakota State University site where the range is listed as “Mexico; Guatemala; Nicaragua; Costa Rica; Panama.”  Clicking on the thumbnail produces this enlargement.  We found several other images of mounted specimens online, including this individual for sale on BugManiac, but we couldn’t locate a single image of a living individual.  That makes your submission unique on the web, at least for an identified individual.

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Subject: Black Insect
Location: Grenada, Caribbean
January 20, 2016 5:42 pm
Saw this bug in my room one night, was wondering what it was with its curious antennae.
Signature: donnwestt

Click Beetle, we believe

Click Beetle, we believe

Dear donnwestt,
We believe this is a Click Beetle in the family Elateridae, and though we can link to similar looking individuals with feathered antennae from other countries like this Click Beetle from Uganda or this Click Beetle from Los Angeles, we have not been able to locate any similar looking individuals from the Caribbean or South America.  We would not rule out that it might be a Feather Horned Beetle in the family Callirhipidae like this individual pictured on ShutterAsia.  We will attempt to do more research on your beetle including getting an opinion from Eric Eaton.

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Subject: Big beetle
Location: Baja California Sur
November 6, 2015 5:01 pm
Can you please tell me what this is? It landed in our backyard in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.
Signature: Cheryl Connors

Click Beetle

Click Beetle

Dear Cheryl,
This is a Click Beetle in the family Elateridae, and it resembles
Ampedus sanguinipennis that is pictured on BugGuide.  We suspect it may be a member of the same genus.

Update:  Ruby Click Beetle
Thanks to a comment from coleopterist Dr. Arthur Evans, we now know that this is the Ruby Click Beetle,
Chalcolepidius rubripennis, a species depicted on Whole Sale Insects.

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Subject: Unknown Beautiful Creey Crawly
Location: Forest Lake, MN
November 1, 2015 8:33 pm
Hey, Dan! I hope this finds you and your family doing well!
I was at a friends house today and they were splitting old Red Oak for the winter. We came across this beauty, burrowed what looked like about 4 inches into the tree trunk. It’s about 2 inches long. I’m sorry I didn’t get a photo of it when it came out of the hole eventually. I thought I got enough photos but I guess not. Do you have any idea what it could be? I usually check your site before I ask, but I don’t know if it’s larvae, pupae, or what. We are all dying to find out! I feel bad that it’s probably now going to die, but perhaps an opossum with find a tasty meal.
Signature: carpwoman

Beetle Grub

Beetle Grub

Dear Carpwoman,
This is some species of Beetle Grub, and we followed up on our initial suspicion that this might be the larva of an Eyed Elater, and we believe we are correct.  Images on both BugGuide and Bug Eric confirm our suspicions.  According to Bug Eric:  “Larvae of all Alaus species live in decaying wood where they prey on the larvae and pupae of other kinds of beetles.  These ginat ‘wireworms’ have strong jaws and should be handled carefully, if at all.”  According to BugGuide:  ” larvae in decaying hardwood or pine wood, esp. in decaying roots.  Food Larvae feed on larvae and pupae of various insects, esp. beetles.”  The much more commonly encountered adult form of the Eyed Elater or Eyed Click Beetle is a large beetle with false eyespots.

Thank you for such a speedy response!  It’s nice to see this beautiful grub would have (hopefully still will) turned into such a cool beetle.
Joanne

 

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Subject: unknown bug
Location: southern philippines
August 16, 2015 6:43 am
hi mr. bugman!
a friend of mine posted in his facebook page an image of a weird unidentified bug which looks like some kind of cockroach.
could you help identify what it is?
they found it somewhere in southern philippines.
i have attached an image of the bug. unfortunately only 1 picture was posted.
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Click Beetle, we believe

Click Beetle, we believe

This is most definitely NOT a Cockroach, but rather a beetle, and it bears a striking resemblance to this Click Beetle from Thailand we posted some time back that was identified as Oxynopterus mucronatus.  We believe it is either the same species or a closely related species.  This FlickR image indicates that Oxynopterus mucronatus is found in the Philippines.

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Arboreal Click Beetle
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
May 25, 2015 5:51 PM

Another regular seasonal visitor came to our porch light this past week, an Arboreal Click Beetle with feathered antennae that we have been informed is in the genus Euthysanius.  This particular individual could not right itself, and we suspect is was somehow injured when we found it on our front porch.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae may be predators or feed in rotting wood (not yet known).”

Arboreal Click Beetle

Arboreal Click Beetle

Arboreal Click Beetle

Arboreal Click Beetle

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