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Subject: Pelidnota punctata mating
Location: Minneapolis Minnesota
July 25, 2015 7:12 pm
I saw these grapevine beetles mating in Minneapolis Minnesota on July 19 2015. They were beside an urban sidewalk in a residential area not far from a lake. The pictures turned out nicely, so I thought you might like to have them.
Signature: Mary

Mating Grapevine Beetles

Mating Grapevine Beetles

Hi Mary,
Technically, your images are documenting the courtship of Grapevine Beetles rather than the actual act of mating, but that is really splitting hairs with us.  It is also awesome that this courtship is taking place on a grapevine.  Your images are an excellent addition to our archives.

Mating Grapevine Beetles

Mating Grapevine Beetles

Mating Grapevine Beetles

Mating Grapevine Beetles

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Subject: Giant bee-looking insect in Denver
Location: Denver, CO
July 23, 2015 4:04 pm
I found this insect dead outside and I would love to know what it is!
Signature: Lindsey

Scarab Beetle

Scarab Beetle

Dear Lindsey,
We wish you had also provided a
dorsal view as that would have made identification much easier for us.  We believe this is one of the Lined June Beetles in the genus Polyphylla.  There are 32 species in North America, according to BugGuide.  One of the more common species in Western North America is the Ten Lined June Beetle, Polyphylla decemlineata.

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Subject: Tree Party!
Location: Va Beach, VA
July 16, 2015 5:33 pm
June bugs with ??? Wasp? Hornet?
Signature: Thanks!

Green June Beetles and Bald Faced Hornets feeding on sap.

Green June Beetles and Bald Faced Hornets feeding on sap.

You are correct.  There must be sweet sap running from this tree, and sap with its high sugar content is an excellent food for many species of insects, including the Green June Beetles and Bald Faced Hornets in your image.  It appears there is also an Ant in the lower edge of your image.

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Harrowsmith, ontario
July 15, 2015 7:27 am
Hi I found this on my deck while brushing my cat( not sure if it was on my cat but he has a large sore on his tale. This pic is the underside of the bug. It looks like part of the bug may have been eaten.
Signature: Curious

Scarab Beetle Head

Scarab Beetle Head

Dear Curious,
This is the decapitated head of a Scarab Beetle.  We sometimes receive images of just the heads of large beetles.  The nutritious part of the beetle is the fatty abdomen, so a predator probably ate the fat beetle and left the head.

 

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Subject: Beetles
Location: Monroe, NC
July 15, 2015 6:04 am
I found this amazing Beetle this morning, and although I can find pictures of it online I have YET to locate the name. Hoping you can help me.
Signature: Happily

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

Dear Happily,
We receive several identification requests for Eastern Hercules Beetles each year, but this year seems to have more than the usual number, which prompted us to feature the Eastern Hercules Beetle on our site’s banner.  Your male with his especially prominent horns is magnificent.

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Subject: GoldSmith beetle
Location: Central sask/Alberta
July 14, 2015 8:29 pm
My son B. Kolke sent me this photo he took today of a beetle, and he wondered what it was.
As I have had so much information and ID luck from this site, I came to look for it here. It was easy to find an ID but I thought that the bug itself was way out of it’s known range.
My son took this photo on the border between Alberta and Saskatchewan
Signature: T Kolke

Goldsmith Beetle

Goldsmith Beetle

Dear T Kolke,
We agree with both your identification and your assessment that this Goldsmith Beetle,
Cotalpa lanigera, is out of its reported range, at least based on BugGuide sightings, though Goldsmith Beetles have been reported from Ontario, Canada as well as North Dakota.  The Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles states:  “Cotalpa occurs from Maine to the Carolinas west to Louisiana and Texas, south to Sonora, Mexico and north to Saskatchewan, Canada (Saylor 1940; Young 2002).”  Nature Serve also lists a Saskatchewan sighting.  So, while this sighting is unusual, it is not unique.  Additionally, BugGuide states:  “Usually listed as uncommon” so any sighting where ever it occurs is noteworthy. 

Wow that was a speedy response!  Thanks so much for that info!  We were so amazed to see something like that  never having seen one in our lives before. Cool and thanks for the links!
T Kolke

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