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Subject: Bug bites my toddler
Location: Mooringsport, louisiana
April 6, 2016 4:09 am
This bug bit my one and half year old last night at 1 in the mornin then we found it dead on the counter this morning. Can you tell me what it is?
Signature: Nervous mom

Soldier Beetle

Soldier Beetle

Dear Nervous mom,
This is a predatory Soldier Beetle in the family Cantharidae, and it resembles images of
Podabrus brunnicollis posted to BugGuide.  Soldier Beetles are beneficial and they are not dangerous.  Your request brings up several questions in our mind.  How do you know this individual bit your toddler?  What caused it to appear mysteriously dead on the counter?

My toddler had red bites on him after this bug was on him and was screaming. No other bug was on or neR him. We have no idea why he died or how, i assume he found some of the poison our bug guy sprays monthly.
Stephanie A

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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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