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Subject: What bug is this
Location: Sydney
December 17, 2015 12:57 am
Just wanna know what bug is this I’ve never seen before
Signature: How ever

Plague Soldier Beetles

Plague Soldier Beetles

These are Plague Soldier Beetles in the genus Chauliognathus.  Despite the common name, they are not considered a threat to the plants, though large numbers might be considered a nuisance.  They are frequently found on flowering gum or eucalyptus trees because of the abundance of pollen.

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Subject: wisconsin bug
Location: coloma WI
September 8, 2015 4:10 pm
What kind of bug is this and it’s eating at my garden
Signature: bugs

Mating Goldenrod Soldier Beetles

Mating Goldenrod Soldier Beetles

You have imagined that these mating Goldenrod Soldier Beetles are eating your garden.  According to BugGuide, their diet is:  “Adult: pollen and nectar of fall flowers, esp. goldenrod (Solidago)(2); larvae feed on locust eggs, insect larvae, cucumber beetles, and other Diabrotica spp.”

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Subject: Longhorn Beetle?
Location: Williams, Arizona
September 5, 2015 1:34 pm
At first I thought this was a milkweed bug. The more I look at it I’m thinking it’s some sort of longhorn beetle. I can’t find any pictures on the web that match. Can you help? Photo was taken around Sept. 2 in Williams, Arizona. Thanks.
Chris
Signature: Chris

Soldier Beetle

Soldier Beetle

Dear Chris,
This is a Soldier Beetle in the genus Chauliognathus, and the closest match we could find on BugGuide is the Colorado Soldier Beetle,
Chauliognathus basalis, which is not reported from Arizona, but from nearby New Mexico.  Chauliognathus deceptus also looks very close, and BugGuide does report it from Arizona.

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Subject: Yellow & Black Bug
Location: Cloquet, MN
August 22, 2015 5:06 pm
This was seen today, August 22 in central Minnesota near the St. Louis River. The area is rocky, sandy and has a lot of weeds. It was crawling on a rock and in an effort to get a clear picture, accidentally turned it over. The abdomen had black and yellow striped coloring like a wasp. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of that, but did get these two photos. It is heading towards the southeast corner of the picture. It is 1/2 – 3/4″ long.
Signature: Squeamish Bug Lover

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Dear Squeamish Bug Lover,
This is a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle, and now that summer is approaching its end, fall is almost upon us and the goldenrod is beginning to bloom, we expect submissions of Goldenrod Soldier Beetles to increase.

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Subject: What is this bug
Location: Northern Illinois, USA
August 23, 2015 2:06 pm
What’s this bug?
Signature: Jbmanz

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

This is a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle.

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Subject: Colorful Beetle
Location: Waunakee, Wisconsin
August 7, 2015 8:12 pm
Hello, hope you are both well!
We saw this colorful beetle when we were on a nature hike in Waunakee, Wisconsin last week. Such a beautiful hillside covered with wildflowers. Sunny day in the upper 80’s, on July 30th. Is it a soldier beetle?
Thank you!
Signature: Ellen

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Dear Ellen,
This is most certainly a Soldier Beetle in the genus
Chauliognathus, and we believe it is most likely a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle, Chauliognathus pensylvanicus, which you can verify by comparing your individual to the images posted to BugGuide where it states the adults feed on:  ” pollen and nectar of fall flowers, esp. goldenrod”.

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