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Subject: Creepy centipede-like insect
Location: Cavite, Philippines
May 24, 2015 1:13 am
Hi! My brother found this odd looking centipede in our house. Definitely, this is not a centipede because it only got 6 legs. I tried doing some research but can’t find any match. We’ll really appreciate it if you can help us identify this creature.
Thanks, WTB!
Signature: Jop

Beetle Larva

Beetle Larva

Dear Jop,
Without doing any research, we suspect this is a Beetle Larva, most likely the larva of a Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae.  Carabidae of the World has some very similar looking images of a species identified as
Carabus (Morphocarabus) karpinskii.  This most resembles larvae of the Caterpillar Hunters, a group of large predatory Ground Beetles.  We have not had any luck matching your images to online images from the Philippines.

Probably Ground Beetle Larva

Probably Ground Beetle Larva

Hi Daniel,
Wow! It’s a larva. It must be a very big beetle then when it matures because this larvae measures around 2 and a half inches.
Thanks Daniel for your response!
We appreciate it.

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Subject: What’s this bug??
Location: West Central Ohio
May 24, 2015 9:51 am
I find these every year in our pool filter basket (there were 5 in it this AM) West Central Ohio, May through summer.
They are about 1″ long, dark brown, almost black. Is this anything that would be coming from the lawn or be hurtful to the turf? It seems that I see more of them within a week of the Fertilizer man spraying the lawn, but they seem to be attracted to water. I don’t see them in the house, or in the lawn, just in the pool filter basket. ??? Can you tell me what this is? The photos were taken on a white paper towel for maximum contrast. I have looked on the internet, but can’t find anything exactly like this.
Signature: Judy W.

Big Headed Ground Beetle

Big Headed Ground Beetle

Dear Judy,
This is a Big Headed Ground Beetle in the genus Scarites, and it is a beneficial predatory species that according to BugGuide are:  “nocturnal predators on other insects.”  Perhaps they are falling in the pool filter while hunting, though we suspect you have a healthy population to be finding so many casualties.

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Subject: Odd Soil Dwelling Bug..
Location: BC, Canada
May 13, 2015 5:26 pm
I was out gardening this afternoon and after pulling up some plants in my garden, up for the soil pops this black insect. I have only seen them dwelling withing the soil and never above ground like you would a normal beetle would, not that I am sure it is even a beetle..
Now I have seen smaller versions of this one, but this particular fellow was about an inch in length. Other times they have been about half that size.
I have no idea what it could be and it would be nice to get a name or any info on this bug.
Signature: Kat

Caterpillar Hunter Larva

Caterpillar Hunter Larva

Dear Kat,
This is the Larva of a Caterpillar Hunter, one of the Ground Beetles in the genus
Calosoma.  It is impossible to determine exactly which Caterpillar Hunter this will become, but the only species mentioned on BugGuide as being found in British Columbia is Calosoma frigidum.

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Subject: identification
Location: Tiverton RI
April 20, 2015 6:58 pm
I have been lining in a newly purchased house since November. This is my first spring season here. This bug was in my Living room. Mid April. In Tiverton RI. I have never seen this before. I just want to know what it is. It is a high res photo so it can be blown up to see quite clearly. Thank you for your time.
Signature: Greg

False Bombardier Beetle

False Bombardier Beetle

Dear Greg,
This predatory False Bombardier Beetle is considered a beneficial insect because it will feed on other potentially problematic insects.

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Subject: Problem child
Location: Central Kalahari, Botswana
April 20, 2015 1:26 am
I am going through all the bugs that I collected during March and right now I have this little guy, who I would like to think is a species of a Bombadier beetle.
If it is possible I would love to get some help to get the species of the guy. It is a lot similar to Pheropsophus africanus, but with only two yellow/orange spots far back on elytra, which defers from P. africanus.
I hope you can help me :)
Signature: Mathias

Bombardier Beetle

Bombardier Beetle

Dear Mathias,
Your beetle looks identical to an image of a Ground Beetle from Saudi Arabia we posted  last year that we believe to be in the genus
Pherosophus, and we did link to an image of Pheropsophus africanusPerhaps one of our readers can confirm or correct that identification.

love how quick you are to reply, huge thumps up for that :)
I saw that post, while I was trying to get a name on it… The big
difference between the two is that elytra on my beetle stops right
after the two spots, where P. africanus goes further back and have a
slight yellow band on the edge of elytra.
Thank you for the help so far. I am crossing my fingers to get a species 😀

I have been looking at some other beetles today, and I found this site (http://www.beetlesofafrica.com/beetle_detail.asp?beetleid=610&page=1&count=y) ,
which could be the closest we can get to an answer :)
thank you for the help :)
mvh

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Subject: strange beetle I can’t identify
Location: Missouri, United States
April 16, 2015 10:10 pm
I’ve searched and searched but I can’t seem to find a match to this beetle! I’m sure you all probably know what it is. I went out and captured one specifically for identification purposes for you, but I accidentally damaged part of the wings ;_; they’re very fast and I was using large tweezers to pick it up
Signature: Julian

False Bombardier Beetle

False Bombardier Beetle

Dear Julian,
Since this False Bombardier Beetle spends most of its life on the ground hunting for prey, the damaged elytra might not have a terribly detrimental effect on its survival.  You can read more about False Bombardier Beetles from the genus
 Galerita on BugGuide where it states:  “Adults eat other insects, especially caterpillars.”

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