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Subject: Identification of Beetle
Location: Bangalore, India
July 24, 2016 9:05 am
Hi……Am Girish Ananthamurthy from Bangalore, India…today i.e. 24th July 2016 i have photographed this small beetle in the famous Lal Bagh Garden located in Bangalore. am trying to identify this little beetle but unable to get any correct information……in the process of my search came across your website and thought of requesting you to please help me identify this beetle . Hope i can get an answer and thanking you in anticipation
Signature: Girish Ananthamurthy

Beetle: Superfamily Elateroidea

Beetle: Superfamily Elateroidea

Dear Girish,
Our three best guesses for your Beetle’s family are Soldier Beetle family Cantharidae, Net-Winged Beetle family Lycidae or Firefly Beetle family Lampyridae.  Interestingly, all three families are in the same superfamily Elateroidea.  It looks similar to the Red Soldier Beetle,
Rhagonycha fulva, a species native to Eurasia, introduced into North America and pictured on Focusing on Wildlife.

Dear sir….thank you so much….i also found similarity with red soldier beetle but was confused as i read that its not native to India….then how come its founs here ao asked for identification..thank you again

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Subject: what kind of beetle is this?
Location: Vancouver wa
July 11, 2016 7:42 am
Hello, I was wondering if you could help me with the identification of this beetle….. my wife, son and I where in a walk the other day in a field at the Vancouver wa. Wild life refuge. I was looking at a cluster of flowers (image 1) when I seen a couple of little black bugs crawling threw it. I flipped it over and found two little orangish beetles that where mating (image 2-3) I’ve never seen these little guys before and can not seem to find them on Google or any of the other sites I use for identification.
Signature: Thank you for your time, James Roberson

Mating Hogweed Bonking Beetles

Mating Hogweed Bonking Beetles

Dear James,
These mating Soldier Beetles are living up to their name Hogweed Bonking Beetles.  They are an introduced species from Eurasia and they are predators.  The dark tips of the wings are an identifying feature.

Lol, yeah I’d defiantly say that they are… Thank you for your help and quick response. I have found your site very useful many times and this is another good example.

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Subject: Feeding with the bumbles
Location: Seattle, WA
July 8, 2016 7:05 am
This little red guy loves to hover around my little lime hydrangeas. They can fly, albeit slowly, even next to the bumbles that devour my lavender that lives next to my hydrandea. I would love to know what they are and if/how they are beneficial to my garden.
Signature: PNWbugardener

Hogweed Bonking Beetles

Hogweed Bonking Beetles

Dear PNWbugardener,
These are Soldier Beetles in the family Cantharidae, and we believe we have correctly identified them as
 Rhagonycha fulva thanks to this BugGuide image which shows the black tipped wings.  According to BugGuide:  “adults often found on flowerheads of herbaceous plants during the day” where “adults feed on small insects that visit flowers; larvae feed on snails, slugs, and ground-dwelling insects.”  BugGuide also notes it is “native to Eurasia; introduced to North America some time ago” and “well-established in British Columbia and Quebec.”  Despite not being a native species, all indications are that this is a beneficial insect in your garden.  Finally, we are amused that BugGuide notes that its common name is Hogweed Bonking Beetle.

Hogweed Bonking Beetles

Hogweed Bonking Beetles

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Subject: Firefly just reaching adulthood?
Location: Southeast Michigan
May 18, 2016 9:06 pm
Hi, i took this photo on May 17, 2016. It was on a white nut grass bloom (cyperus rotundus) in my backyard. I live in Taylor, MI. There were a couple different kinds of bees on these flowers also.
I couldnt find anything similar in my Kaufman’s insect guide.
Anyway, if you could help me that would be wonderful. If not, I understand. Have a wonderful day :-).
Signature: Shelly L.

Soldier Beetle

Deformed Two Lined Leatherwing

Hi Shelly,
Because this Soldier Beetle in the family Cantharidae is either newly metamorphosed, or it has been injured or it is just deformed, it will be difficult to identify in most field guides.  We believe it is
Atalantycha bilineata based on this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide, it is called a Two Lined Leatherwing and its habitat is “hardwood and pine forests; adults like the flowers of Red Haw, Viburnum rufidulum.

Thank you so much!!! My love of bugs is only about 10 years old. I used to fear them but then slowly began to find them incredibly interesting which eventually turned into finding them wonderful.
I also wanted to mention that I was just on your firefly page and clicked an ad for Nume curling irons. The ad on the page had a promo code, shop24 which was supposed to yield a significant discount. When I went to check out it said the code had expired. I’m not really looking for you to resolve this issue :-), I just thought you guys should know since they advertise on your site that there’s a small possibility they might not be on the up and up. Of course, this could’ve simply been a clerical error. Just an FYI.
Anyway, thank you so much again. You have absolutely made my day! :-)
Shelly

Thanks for the information Shelly.  We do not micromanage the advertising on our site which is run by Google.  We generate a small amount of revenue when folks who visit our site click on the ads.  Google uses an algorithm to determine which advertisers are relevant to both our site content, and the online browsing history of your own computer.  Very complicated and we don’t really understand it all, but again, the advertisers are beyond our control.

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Subject: Big identification
Location: California
May 9, 2016 10:07 pm
Hi, I’ve been seeing these bugs out at night on the walls of my house. They’re always outside. I think it’s some type of beetle. I live in Southern California, very close to Mexico.. Inland/desert area. Would love it if you could help. Thanks.
Signature: Maddie

Brown Leatherwing

Brown Leatherwing

Dear Maddie,
This is a beneficial Soldier Beetle known as a Brown Leatherwing,
Pacificanthia consors.  We always enjoy their annual spring appearance in our garden.

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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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