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Subject: Flying beetle
Location: Indio, CA. March 28, 2015
March 28, 2015 3:02 pm
Looks like swarms of this guy’s companions perished on our pool. Body about 1/4″ long. I fished this one out and photographed it as he dried off. Then he flew off shortly after the BUG 1 pic was taken. We have a lot of grass, trees and hedges around our lot.
Signature: Tony

Possibly Monkey Beetle

Possibly Monkey Beetle

Dear Tony,
We believe your Scarab Beetle is a Monkey Beetle in the genus
Hoplia, possibly Hoplia callipyge based on images and the range information on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults feed on flowers and foliage, often in groups … Larvae feed on roots of various plants during the summer, hibernate in a late instar, pupate in soil in spring; adults emerge in spring … Some are considered pests of ornamental plants and grapevines, especially H. callipyge.”

Monkey Beetle, we believe

Monkey Beetle, we believe

 

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Southern California/High Desert
March 30, 2015 8:29 am
I found a really pretty green beetle on campus today. Some mean boys were throwing it, and I thought it was dead, but when I picked it up it moved a little bit! I’d like to know what kind of bug it is, so I can maybe save it, and if not, maybe I’ll keep it.
Can you help me?
Signature: Ms. London

Shining Leaf Chafer:  Paracotalpa puncticollis

Shining Leaf Chafer: Paracotalpa puncticollis

Dear Mrs. London,
This gorgeous Scarab Beetle is a Shining Leaf Chafer in the subfamily Rutelinae that does not have a distinct common name, and its scientific name,
Paracotalpa puncticollis, is quite a mouthful.  It is pictured on BugGuide, but there is not much additional information.  According to the Coleopterists Bulletin:  “Paracotalpa puncticollis is usually found in pinyon-juniper areas, and appears to be associated with plats of the genus Juniperus.  Observations of adults emerging from litter at the base of juniper may indicate that larvae feed on roots of this plant.  Adults have been observed feeding on needles of juniper, and analysis of fecal material has confirmed this adult diet.”  Because of your kindness, we are tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Shining Leaf Chafer

Shining Leaf Chafer

 

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Subject: caterpillar
Location: Dubai, UAE
March 25, 2015 2:39 am
Hi…
discovered this whilst at a park in the UAE….my nephews are very keen on knowing what kind of caterpillar this is….and I am clueless…..would love some information on it…
Thanks..
Signature: Bevill JB

Scarab Beetle Grub

Scarab Beetle Grub

Dear Bevill JB,
This is not a caterpillar.  It is the Grub or immature stage of a Scarab Beetle.

Dear Daniel…
That is so fascinating.
Thank you very much for responding. This is a  simply wonderful and most educative site I have seen in ages.
Best regards,

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Subject: High School Biology Bug Project
Location: South Carolina
February 17, 2015 7:17 am
Dear Bugman(I hope this is a normal way to address one of these things),
I am supposed to identify two bugs for a biology assignment, I have a picture of my scetch of one of them attached. My teacher recommended this website, so here I am! I will give you the best description about it as I can to help you more(along with the picture of my drawing). It was about 3 cm long and 2 wide, a very round beetle-looking thing with a head that was hard to distinguish from the rest of the body. it looked like it had a hard, dark brown shell. It also looked shiny with a goldish tint. if you looked at it straight on,it looked like the edges had become a very shiny silver color. The front legs were fat and god fatter as it god closer to the feet, the front “feet” looked almost webbed or like “paws.” The middle legs were smaller and looked more normal. The back legs were also.
Thank you soooo much!
Signature: Benjamin Eddy

Dung Beetle Drawing, we believe

Dung Beetle Drawing, we believe

Dear Benjamin,
Your drawing is a very good rendering of a Scarab Beetle, more specifically a Dung Beetle.  Your description of the legs is very consistent with the physical characteristics of the legs of a Dung Beetle as well.  While it would probably be impossible to make an accurate species identification based on your drawing, this Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle,
Bolbocerosoma tumefactum, on BugGuide or this Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle, Bradycinetulus ferrugineus, also pictured on BugGuide, both look very similar to your drawing.  Of the family Geotrupidae, the Earth-Boring Scarab Beetles, BugGuide indicates:  “These beetles spend most of their lives in burrows one to four feet down, often under dung or carrion.”

Thank you sooo much! I know you have a small staff(like you said) and I am vary happy that you picked mine to do!
Thanks again,
Benjamin

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Subject: Beetle ID
Location: Childers, Queenslad, Australia
February 14, 2015 4:59 am
Hi Bugman
My husband found this bug, unfortunately drowned in our rain gauge after a heavy downpour, I wondered if you could tell us what it s called, I absolutely loved the vivid green markings on its back.
Signature: Cheers, Dianima

Fiddler Beetle

Fiddler Beetle

Dear Dianima,
This beautiful Scarab Beetle,
Eupoecila australasiae, is called a Fiddler Beetle because of the patterns on its dorsal surface.  We often receive several images of Fiddler Beetles from Australia each year.  Though you didn’t ask, you other images appear to be of the ootheca of a Mantis.

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Subject:  Wow
Location:  California
February 4, 2015
Daniel!!! Tell me please, what’s this bug?!
Cori

Crawlyback

Crawlyback

Hi Cori,
This is a Crawlyback, the larva of a Figeater or Green Fruit Beetle.  Crawlybacks are often found in compost piles.

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