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Subject: Space Bug
Location: Sherman, Texas
July 26, 2016 11:27 am
What is this lovely little guy? He looks like he has dropped in from outer space or a 70s disco party. Will he be staying for dinner? If so, which of my pants will be served up?
Signature: Grammy Gardener.

Mottled Tortoise Beetle

Mottled Tortoise Beetle

Dear Grammy Gardener,
This is a Mottled Tortoise Beetle,
Deloyala guttata, and you can verify our ID on BugGuide.  Adults and larvae both feed on leaves of morning glories.

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Subject: Gold ladybug/NOT tortoise beetle
Location: Scottsbluff, Ne
July 8, 2016 9:48 pm
OK, see this beautiful gold ladybug and got a great photo of it before it flew away! Looked it up online and everyone that talkes about a “gold ladybug” says it’s a tortoise beetle, but the pictures of them look nothing like the beauty that landed on me. So, if not a tortoise beetle what is it? Thanks !!
Signature: April Hort

Leaf Beetle: Common Willow Calligrapha

Leaf Beetle: Common Willow Calligrapha

Dear April,
This is neither a Lady Beetle nor a Tortoise Beetle, but it is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, and that is the same family as the Tortoise Beetles.  We believe your Leaf Beetle is a Common Willow Calligrapha,
Calligrapha multipunctata, based on images posted to BugGuide.

Thank you!!! I looked it up and it says it’s found in eastern united States? So it must have been lost or the info is not up to date I read( not on your site)! Lol thanks again for your  time!!

Though BugGuide does not list any Nebraska sightings, there are sightings in nearby Colorado, New Mexico and Texas as well as point farther west.  Additionally there are other similar looking species in the same genus.

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Subject: Safe or not?
Location: North east USA, Pennsylvania
July 8, 2016 2:48 pm
I occasionally find these in my kitchen they kind of jump and I believe they have wings like ladybugs but I haven’t seen them fly just jump…
Signature: Concerned Mama

Northern Plantain Flea Beetle

Northern Plantain Flea Beetle

Dear Concerned Mama,
Thank you for including a pack of Newport cigarettes for scale, and in our opinion, that pack poses a far greater health threat to all involved than this Flea Beetle does.  We believe we have correctly identified it on BugGuide as the Northern Plantain Flea Beetle,
Dibolia borealis, and based on the size relationship to the pack of cigarettes, the stated 3mm size seems about correct.  According to BugGuide, they feed on:  “Plantago spp. (Plantaginaceae)” and “Larvae are leaf miners of plantains. ”  According to The Herbal Encyclopedia:  “The plant is indigenous to the Mediterranean region and western Asia; but it now grows worldwide … .  To many areas, it is considered a weed.  The herb is an annual that grows to about sixteen inches in height, producing narrow leaves and clusters of tiny whitish-brown flowers.”  Plantain grows in many fields and open areas in the eastern part of North America.  Perhaps you have some plantain near your kitchen which is causing the Flea Beetles to accidentally enter your home.   

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Subject: Bug ID help, please
Location: Albuquerque, NM
July 1, 2016 12:08 pm
Dear Bug People,
I’m assuming these are some kind of leaf beetle judging by the damage to that plant. These beetles were in the riparian area near the Rio Grande. I have a field guide specific to this area, but I don’t see this shape with this color. Thanks for your help!
Signature: Kathy

Dogbane Beetles

Dogbane Beetles

Dear Kathy,
You are correct that these are Leaf Beetles in the family Chrysomelidae, and more specifically they are Dogbane Beetles,
Chrysochus auratus, which you may verify by comparing your individuals to this Dogbane Beetle posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “They mate and lay eggs through the summer. They lay eggs on leaves and stems of host plants and nearby vegetation in masses of egg capsules.”

Dogbane Beetles

Dogbane Beetles

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Subject: Little yellow beetle
Location: Malaga Spain
June 7, 2016 7:31 am
Hello bugman.
Photographed this yellow beetle in Southern Spain, Malaga Province. beginning of June (7th)
The size I would say was 8mm ? or less. Maybe Epicauta family.
Thanks
Signature: Perry

Leaf Beetle

Daffodil Leaf Beetle

Hi Perry,
Epicauta is a genus of Blister Beetles from the family Meloidae, and this is NOT a member.  This is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae.  It appears to be Exosoma lusitanica based on this FlickR image.  According to iNaturalist, it is called the Daffodil Leaf Beetle.

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Subject: Cool looking lady bug do you know what this bug is?
Location: Meadville Pennsylvania 16335
May 20, 2016 1:02 pm
I just wanted to know if you knew what this bug is i know it’s a type of beetle maybe a dart beetle? I’m at work but as soon as I saw it i was amazed of how it looked and wanted to know if it’s rare for my location. I’m 25 years old and never seen a bug this cool looking from Pennsylvania. I’m a eagle scout and did have a lot of outdoors experience and did get a insect study merit badge. But if you can find out and let me know thanks.
Signature: By Samuel Juracko

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Dear Samuel,
This is a Tortoise Beetle in the tribe Cassidini, most likely the Clavate Tortoise Beetle,
Plagiometriona clavata , which is pictured on BugGuide where it states it feeds upon:  “ground-cherries (Physalis), Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium), and Solanum spp. (Solanaceae).”

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