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Subject: Soft-Winged Flower Beetle Anthocomus equestris
Location: Toledo, OH
April 5, 2014 12:21 pm
Pretty sure I’ve ID’d this guy correctly, but didn’t see him on your website so wanted to shoot him your way if you’d like an example! Found in my bathroom in all places, but it’s the start of the buggin’ season over here in Ohio so I was excited either way! Thrilled to be able to start posting on my own bug blog again, it’s been a long winter. Unfortunately, the find was at 5am while I was getting ready for work, so I didn’t have a chance for more impressive photos. Thanks!
Signature: Katy

Soft-Winged Flower Beetle

Soft-Winged Flower Beetle

Dear Katy,
Are agree with your identification of this Soft-Winged Flower Beetle,
Anthocomus equestris, and we are thankful that you have been considerate enough to provide your image for our archives.  We disagree with your assessment that this is not an impressive image, but you are a much better judge of your own photographic capabilities.  The reason we really like your image is that is shows both dorsal and ventral views in the same image, and you can compare the ventral reflection to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, this is a nonnative species because it is:  “native to Eurasia, adventive in NA (ON + e. US south to NC).”  This does not indicate if it is an invasive exotic species that is problematic in its introduced range, so we attempted additional research.  According to Amazing Nature:  “This one is a flower beetle that eats herbaceous plants
as larvae and probably pollinates as an adult while feeding on pollen.”  Helen Fields Freelance Science Journalist also had an indoor sighting earlier this year, and we wonder if perhaps this Soft-Winged Flower Beetle hibernates indoors to escape the harsh winter temperatures.  Another indoor sighting this year was documented by The Urban Pantheist who writes:  “this beetle is a Eurasian import–insects from that continent had several millennia of practice living among humans and their buildings, and are often brought to our continent without the predators and parasites that keep them in check. Therefore, when a North American finds a small arthropod in their house there’s a better than even chance that it’s a species from across the pond.”

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Subject: aussietrev possibly Criocerinae?
Location: Queensland, Australia
March 19, 2014 2:40 pm
Hi guys,
Watering the garden late yesterday and spotted this tiny guy foraging on my Kalamata Olive tree. About 8mm long and only managed this one shot before it dropped off into the grass and was gone. I’ve never seen one before and the only thing I can think of is a Narrow Necked Leaf Beetle but I cannot find any matching photos for ID. What do you think?
Signature: aussietrev

Rove Beetle, we believe

Rove Beetle, we believe

Hi Trevor,
Our first impression is that this looks like it must be a Rove Beetle in the family Staphylinidae, a very underrepresented family on the Brisbane Insect Website.
  According to BugGuide, the members of the family are:  “Thin, active beetles with shortened elytra that do not, at first glance, resemble beetles.”

Correction:  Soft Winged Flower Beetle.

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Subject: California Rove Beetle
Location: Laguna Beach, CA
November 13, 2013 11:16 am
I knew EXACTLY who to turn to for an unknown California bug! hese cool, really small rove beetles (I’m pretty sure that is what they are) were common on the rock faces above the ocean in Laguna Beach, CA. I’ve tried to pin a name on them but have had no luck. So any help with an ID is much appreciated. Dave
Signature: Dave Moskowitz – Bug Addiction and National Moth Week

Intertidal Soft Winged Flower Beetle

Intertidal Soft Winged Flower Beetle

Hi David,
How nice of you to think of us for your identification, and we are pleased we did not disappoint you.  The only way we managed to identify your wingless Intertidal Soft Winged Flower Beetle,
Endeodes collaris, or a closely related species, is because it was also described on BugGuide as being like a Rove Beetle.  According to BugGuide, the genus is found in the “Pacific coast of NA” and the habitat is listed as “intertidal zone, dry rocks & sand, sometimes moist seaweed.”  Somehow, a wingless Soft Winged Flower Beetle sounds a bit oxymoronic to us.

That is awesome! Thanks! Amazing, how quickly you found it! Hoping all is great on your end! Dave

You are most welcome Dave.  Over the years, we have learned that the right key words can lead to to an answer quickly on the internet.  We looked up the names of the recognized marine ecosystem zones, and “intertidal” turned out to be the word that found us the image that led to the identification.

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beetle
Location: Jamestown, RI
August 18, 2011 5:47 am
Found this pretty little thing in the vegetable garden 5/27/11. Was hanging out on my shirt.
Signature: PeeGee

Scarlet Malachite Beetle

Hi again PeeGee,
At first we thought this might be a Leaf Beetle, but we soon realized that was not correct.  After a bit of searching, we identified your Scarlet Malachite Beetle,
Malachius aeneus, one of the Soft Winged Flower Beetles in the family Melyridae.  You can read about the Scarlet Malachite Beetle on BugGuide including this information on its range:  “across southern Canada and northern United States, south in the east to at least North Carolina, south in the west to Oregon  also occurs in Europe, western Asia, and the Middle East  introduced to North America (no info available on date or location).” 

Coolo Dan.  Thanks a lot for that interesting info.  There will probably be more mysteries to come.   Love that you do what you do, so thanks.  PeeGee

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Location:  Elyria Canyon State Park, Mt Washington, Los Angeles, California
August 13, 2011
WE keep returning to the Milkweed Meadow to document the progress there, and the Monarch Caterpillars have both vanished.  The Bumble Bee is usually there during the time the sun strikes the blooms, but we are still not certain if this is Crotch’s Bumble Bee or the California Bumble Bee.

Which Bumble Bee is it???

  We also noticed numerous tiny beetles on the milkweed blossoms.

Bumble Bee and Soft Winged Flower Beetles on Milkweed

Alas, the old model digital camera we are using does not have a macro setting that will allow us to get closer.  We would like to identify these beetles.  After the fact, we had a terrible thought that they might be the Walnut Twig Beetles that are spreading the 1000 Cankers Diseaseto black walnuts in the western states.  This matter will take additional research.  Many beetles with wood boring larvae feed on pollen as adults.  We should return tomorrow morning and collect a few specimens to take to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Soft Winged Flower Beetles on Milkweed blossoms

These is about the largest closeups that we can make.

Soft Winged Flower Beetles on Milkweed

Soft Winged Flower Beetles on Milkweed

Soft Winged Flower Beetles on Milkweed

Eric Eaton to the Rescue, Again
Daniel:
These are pretty easy to subfamily level.  They are soft-winged flower beetles in the family Melyridae, subfamily Dasytinae.  After that it gets really messy, really fast!  Nobody wants to try to ID them even to genus…..
Eric

 

 


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Red winged Beetle?
May 24, 2010
I am not sure if this is a fly or a beetle as it does have wings, that are red. Can you tell em what this bug is?
Gary
Edmonton Alberta Canada

Scarlet Malachite Beetle

Hi Gary,
We spent about twenty minutes browsing the tribes and genera and species of Ground Beetles in the family Carabidae on BugGuide to no avail.  We need assistance in the proper identification of your unknown Ground Beetle.  Our best guess is that it may be in the subfamily Carabinae, also represented on BugGuide.

Correction thanks to Eric Eaton
Hi, Daniel:
Ok, well, maybe that is because it is not a ground beetle :-)  The image, a very nice one, is of a “Scarlet Malachite Beetle” :
http://bugguide.net/node/view/50621
Thanks for sharing, regardless of whether you recognized it!
Eric

Ed. Note: This Scarlet Malachite Beetle represents a new family for us, the Soft Winged Flower Beetles in the family Melyridae, which is profiled on BugGuide which indicates they feed upon:  “chiefly insects but food preferences vary; adults evidently feed on flower-visiting insects and pollen, larvae are primarily predators of other insects.

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