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Subject: Feather Horned Beetle
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
May 2, 2015 11:34 pm
My daughter found this beetle in our backyard. We did have a smaller beetle without the fancy antennae but by the time I got the camera the smaller beetle had disappeared.
We were able to identify it from your site and thought that you may be interested.
Signature: Chris McMillan

Feather Horned Beetle

Feather Horned Beetle

Dear Chris,
Your images of a Feather Horned Beetle,
Rhipicera femoralis, are an excellent addition to our archive.

Feather Horned Beetle

Feather Horned Beetle

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Subject: Feather Horned Beetle
Location: Toowoomba, Queensland
April 9, 2015 9:01 pm
I have identified the unusual critter from my photo, from a previous posting on your website.
Thank you for satisfying my curiosity. I just thought I’d forward my photos to you as well.
Photo was taken 6 April 2015.
Signature: Leanne W.

Feather Horned Beetle

Feather Horned Beetle

Dear Leanne,
Thanks so much for sending in your gorgeous images of a Feather Horned Beetle,
Rhipicera femoralis.

Feather Horned Beetle

Feather Horned Beetle

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Subject: Fuzzy antenna beetle
Location: Lorain, Ohio
September 23, 2014 12:34 pm
I found this beetle flying around my porch. There was another one (I’m guessing female, due to its lack of fan-like antenna) sitting on the side of my house.
The back of their abdomen is orange.
It is currently early autumn.
Signature: Candice

Male Cedar Beetle

Male Cedar Beetle

Dear Candice,
We are very excited about your submission.  WE believe you have documented images of both a male and female Cedar Beetle,
Sandalus niger, an identification we verified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, they are found “Mostly: Sept-Oct” and “Larvae probably feed on Cycada nymphs. Adults very short lived.”

Female Cedar Beetle

Female Cedar Beetle

Female Cedar Beetle

Female Cedar Beetle

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Subject: Feather Horned Beetle
Location: Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
March 23, 2014 12:03 am
Hey Bugman,
Came across a Feather Horned Beetle today on a walk around Berry’s Beach and Pyramid Rock on Phillip Island Victoria, Australia. Your site allowed me to determine what it was, and noticed you didn’t have many photos so here’s one for your collection :)
Cheers,
Signature: Lauren

Feather Horned Beetle

Feather Horned Beetle

Dear Lauren,
Your Feather Horned Beetle,
Rhipicera femoralis, is a wonderful addition to our archives.  Thank you so much for sending in a photo of a magnificent species that you had already self-identified.

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Subject: beetle with orange ”antlers” – central Ohio
Location: north central Ohio
September 14, 2013 7:08 pm
A friend saw this beetle on his screen door tonight. He said it was about an inch long. I thought maybe it was a variegated June beetle, but it has pincers and it looks like it’s shiny. This was seen in north central Ohio.
Signature: Sharon G

Cedar Beetle

Cedar Beetle

September 15, 2013 5:56 AM
I finally found it: identified it as a male Sandalus niger. Thanks!

Hi Sharon,
We are happy to learn you have identified your male Cedar Beetle,
Sandalus niger.  The Cicada Parasite Beetles resemble Scarab Beetles, but they diverge at the suborder level of taxonomy.  This is not a commonly reported species to our site, so we are very happy to have a new photograph.  We originally posted an image of a Cedar Beetle two years ago and that was the first representative on our site, and it was also from central Ohio.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae probably feed on Cycada nymphs. Adults very short lived.”

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Subject: Identify our cute insect
Location: Perth, Western Australia
May 12, 2013 8:19 pm
We found this little guy yesterday sitting on our car and have never seen anything like it! Other internet sites haven’t been very helpful in identification. His antennae are also quite odd they look a little like false eyelashes? Can you identify him for us?
Signature: Jemma, Australia

Feather Horned Beetle

Feather Horned Beetle

Dear Jemma,
These are by far the best images we have ever received of a Feather Horned Beetle,
Rhipicera femoralis.  These really are amazing looking beetles.  We have not had much luck finding information on this distinctive beetle, but Pinterest states:  “The antennae of males are unusual in that they have more than 20 segments and arise from small knob-like prominences.”  Chris Mallory has a marvelous photo posted of this species.  So, while there are photos of this species available online, credible information is noticeably lacking.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to point us to a website with relevant information on the Feather Horned Beetle.

Feather Horned Beetle

Feather Horned Beetle

Feather Horned Beetle

Feather Horned Beetle

 

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