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Subject: Unknown beetle
Location: Warsash, England
August 24, 2016 11:15 am
Found this beauty in our back garden today, in Warsash on the south coast of England. It was very hot here today and he appeared to be resting in the shade. Can’t find him in our Beetle books!
Many thanks
Signature: Tracy Dukes

Sun Beetle:  Pachnoda marginata

Sun Beetle: Pachnoda marginata

Dear Tracy,
Our first impression proved correct:  This is not a native species in England.  We believe we have correctly identified your Scarab Beetle as a Sun Beetle,
Pachnoda marginata, a species that according to Shutterstock is:  “a beetle from the subfamily Cetoniinae (Scarabaeidae) that lives in west and central Africa. They are used as food for terrarium animals.”  Perhaps this individual escaped from someone who is raising them in captivity.  According to BioLib, it is a Congo Chafer.  According to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility:  “Pachnoda marginata is a beetle from the subfamily Cetoniinae with a large number of subspecies that lives in west and central Africa.  They are sometimes used as food for terrarium animals.”

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Subject: help beetle ID
Location: San Diego County
August 22, 2016 11:18 am
I’m a bird photographer. Keep seeing this flying beetle buzzing through when I’m shooting hummingbirds. It’s large enough that it keeps catching my field of vision as a hummer. But a bit smaller. Flies very fast in large circular motions. Tried getting it in flight but no luck. Finally got a shot of it on a flower. Thought I could easily find it’s ID because of size and coloring. No luck though. Can you help?
Signature: Gerald Friesen

Figeater

Figeater

Dear Gerald,
This distinctive Scarab Beetle is commonly called a Figeater and they are especially noticeable during the hot days of summer.

Daniel,
Thank you so very much.
If you ever need a bird ID, please let me know.
GERALD

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Subject: Large beetle-
Location: Lake Winnipesaukee– Moultonborough NH
August 21, 2016 5:12 pm
Found this guy on our deck today (August 21) on lake winnipesaukee in NH. Wondering what he is. He’s pictured here on my 11 year old’s hand. Set him on a branch of a bush and set him free. Any idea?
Signature: Linda

Odor of Leather Beetle

Odor of Leather Beetle

Dear Linda,
We love the common name Odor Of Leather Beetle, for
Osmoderma eremicola, due to, according to BugGuide:  “[a] strong odor of ‘Russian Leather’.”  It is also called a Hermit Flower Beetle.

Odor of Leather Beetle

Odor of Leather Beetle

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Subject: Figeater beetle
Location: Henderson, NV
August 17, 2016 10:29 am
Thanks for having this guy up on your site. It helped me identify one of my own.
Found in Henderson NV on 8/16/2016. Photo attached for your pleasure.
Signature: Willie

Figeater

Figeater

Hi Willie,
Thanks for sending your Figeater image.  We have been enjoying watching them flying clumsily around the carob tree at our WTB? offices for several weeks now.  Even though we have long had a compost pile, we have never found the larval Crawlybacks.

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Subject: Black beetles
Location: Tonto creek, payson Arizona
August 18, 2016 6:10 am
Yesterday, I was up at camp and there were tons of black beetles on their backs on the porch. I helped move them into the dirt, so nobody killed them, and when they were in the dirt, they dug down and hid there. I was wondering what kind of beetle they were. They had a tiny horn at the front but they weren’t rhinoceros beetles.
Signature: Emma

Ox Beetle

Ox Beetle

Dear Emma,
This is an Ox Beetle in the genus
Strategus.  According to BugGuide, three species:   Strategus aloeus, Strategus cessus and Strategus craigi are found in Arizona.  BugGuide also states:  “Prefer sandy soils, apparently.”  For the record, Ox Beetles are classified as Rhinoceros Beetles in the subfamily Dynastinae.

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Subject: Costa Rican Green Beetle
Location: Quepos, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
August 14, 2016 1:58 pm
I saw this little guy while on vacation in Costa Rica, within 2 miles of the Pacific Coast near Quepos.
Date taken: July 31st, 2016. Thanks for your help!
Signature: Daniel W.

Figeater

Fruit Chafer:  Cotinis lebasi

Dear Daniel,
Your beetle is very similar looking to the Green Fruit Beetle or Figeater, Cotinis mutabilis, that is quite common in Southern California, but there are enough differences to cause us to doubt that possibility.  Tried though we might, we could not easily locate information, though we did find the InBio site that states:  “Fruit beetles, or Cetoniinae, belong to the family Scarabaeidae, whose members include very well known beetles such as golden beetles, rhinoceros beetles and may beetles.  … To date, 35 species in 13 genera have been found in Costa Rica. The greatest number of species may be observed during the months of May to July, and their number decreases over the following months. … In general, it is possible to find adult Cetoniinae feeding on sweet, ripe, soft and juicy fruits, nectar in flowers and sap of some plants, probably attracted by the odor. In Costa Rica it is common to see them feeding on ripe mangos, bananas, blackberries, papaya and other fuits. [sic]”  What your individual seems to lack is the brown border along the edge of the elytra or wing covers, but this image from ZipCodeZoo that seems to have been taken in Atenguillo, Mexico looks very much like your individual.  ZipCodeZoo does list Costa Rica as part of the range.  Considering ZipCodeZoo lists a Tiger Beetle with the same name, we now doubt the credibility of the information on the site.  We cannot commit fully to this being a Figeater, but we are confident it is in the Fruit and Flower Chafer subfamily Cetoniinae, and we believe it is in the same genus, Cotinis.  Your species appears to be on the cover of the book “Escarabajos fruteros de Costa Rica (Cetoniinae) / Fruit Beetles of Costa Rica” by Ángel Solís that is listed on Amazon.com.

We wrote to Ángel Solís
Dear Angel Solis,
I run a pop culture website www.whatsthatbug.com and I was asked to identify a Fruit Beetle from Costa Rica.  I cannot find any similar images online.  I suspect it is in the genus Cotinis, but it is distinctly different from our Southern California Figeater, Cotinis mutabilis.
Are you able to provide a species identification?
Thanks for any assistance you can provide.
Daniel Marlos

Ángel Solís Responds
Dear Daniel Marlos:
Is Cotinis lebasi.
Saludos
Ange Solís

Ed. Note:  Cotinis lebasi is pictured on the Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles and on Bold Systems Taxonomy.

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