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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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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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