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Subject: Giant African Beetle
Location: Ghana Africa
January 20, 2015 7:10 pm
This beauty visited us at breakfast one morning in Ghana Africa. Looks a bit like a blister beetle, is that correct? I never got blisters, but I was really gentle with it.
Signature: Don

Longicorn

Longicorn may be Analeptes trifasciata

Dear Don,
This is a Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae.  We have tried to identify the species without any luck, but we have not finished searching.

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Subject: Spotted Tree Borer ?
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
January 5, 2015 9:06 am
Hi there,
One of our commercial office tenants imported a table from British Columbia, and found themselves with a little infestation (not initially connected with the table itself). We confirmed sawdust and holes underneath the table and found 4-5 of these little buggers.
A local authority came out and told us they might be Asian Long Horn beetles (which were apparently eradicated as an invasive species in Canada in 2007) and took some away, but my advanced Google skills say it might be a Spotted Tree Borer, native to BC. Can you confirm? If it helps, the table was from a Japanese plum tree, although I can’t confirm if it was grown in BC or imported.
Thanks !
Signature: – Kevin B. Hall

Longicorn

Longicorn

Dear Kevin,
This is a Longicorn or Longhorned Borer in the family Cerambycidae, but we are not certain of the species.  We are posting your image and we hope one of our readers can provide an identification while we are away from the office for a spell.
  It is NOT the Asian Longhorn.  Can you please provide us with a scientific name for the Spotted Tree Borer?

Hi Daniel,
I’m not a bug guy but the reference I find repeated on the internet is Synaphaeta guexi.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency actually took our critters and send them to Ottawa for identification. They called my operator back but I think they just confirmed it was not the Asian Long Horn and was not considered invasive, without telling us what it actually was.
Thanks for the response !
Kevin B. Hall

Hi David,
A beetle expert named Mardikavana indeed identified your Longhorn as
Synaphaeta guexi.  We apologize for the delay, but we were away from the office for a week.

Update:  January 17, 2015
Thanks to a comment from Mardikavava, we believe this is
Synaphaeta quexiSee BugGuide.

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Subject: What’s That Bug?
Location: Turkey, Near Dalaman
November 27, 2014 3:23 am
Hi there. I would be so grateful if you could help me identify this beautiful creature. I found him in Turkey over the summer and need an accurate ID so that I can submit the picture to stock libraries. Many thanks indeed, lovely to know about your website as I often have critters to identify!
Signature: Yours bugfully,

Longhorned Borer Beetle

Longhorned Borer Beetle

This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, most likely in the subfamily Lepturinae, the Flower Longhorns.  We have not had any luck with any matching images regarding the species classification.

Update:  We agree with Cesar Crash’s comment that this looks like Chlorophorus varius.

 

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Subject: what bug is this
Location: Malaysia
November 25, 2014 8:25 am
Hi bugman, it was raining out there and a bug flew in my house. It looks like a cockroach but it is not. It is very rare to see it. I took a picture of it and hope that you can help me to identify this wonderful creature. Thank you.
Signature: Kah Wei

Longicorn

Longicorn

Dear Kah Wei,
This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle or Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae, but we are uncertain of the species.

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Subject: australian beetle or bug
Location: Maryborough, Queensland, Australia
November 18, 2014 4:03 am
Dear Bugman
I don’t even know if this site is still running or tended regularly, so I will just send this and hope for the best.
I live in Australia, the land of Poisonous Things. I am wary of anything that looks like it might bite me, and this insect has me horrified.
It can fly. It reminds me of a weevil, but bigger – almost as long as an adults thumb. Hard, dark brown, shiny shell with thick legs and antenna. Long body.
And the most awful looking pincer type arrangement at the head.
It looked awful and I had my husband remove it from the house. I have never seen anything quite like it – can you help?
I have attached the clearest picture I could take without getting too close!
Signature: Warm regards, Carly Philp

Possibly Acacia Longicorn

Possibly Acacia Longicorn

Dear Carly,
This is a Longhorned Borer or Longicorn in the subfamily Prioninae, and we believe, based on images posted to BushCraftOz that it might be an Acacia Longicorn,
Eurynassa australis.  According to BushCraftOz :  “Found under eucalypt bark, with head protruding. Larvae live in dead wood of acacia species. Large beetle ~40 mm.”  Beetles in the family Cerambycidae have powerful mandibles, and large individuals, like the one you found, might deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled, and the bite might even draw blood.  Though a nip might be painful, it is not dangerous as the Longicorns are not venomous.

Hi Daniel
Thank you for the information. I just couldn’t find any details on a native species with such big pincers!
I really appreciate your email, and the time to look into it for me.
Cheers
Carly

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Subject: Bumelia Borer?
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
November 15, 2014 12:06 am
Hi there,
I found this bug on our tree in the backyard. It seems to be a bumelia borer, however it has orange-black banded antennae. I could not find another picture like this on the Internet. Is it the same bug?
Signature: Rachel

Longicorn:  Litopus latipes

Longicorn: Litopus latipes

Dear Rachel,
This Longicorn really does resemble the Bumelia Borer.  We first found a matching image on FlickR that was identified as
Litopus latipes, and we verified that identification on Biolib and iSpot.

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