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Subject: Small beetle needs identifying
Location: Midlands, UK
March 13, 2014 5:24 am
Hi,
I founf several of these small beetles in a wheat field in the UK. They have light bodies, ridged/bumpy elytra and a dark head. I can’t seem to identify it though. Do you know what species it is?
Signature: H Watkins

Unknown Beetles

Possibly Water Scavenger Beetles

Dear H Watkins,
We don’t recognize your beetles, which means we must research.  Preparing questions and images for posting takes time, and our time this morning is running short, so we are posting your images and we hope to attempt an identification as well this morning, but we may not be able to provide you with a response immediately.

Unknown Beetles

Unknown Beetles

Eric Eaton provides a very interesting identification:  Water Scavenger Beetles
Daniel:
Two of us are thinking the beetles might be water scavenger beetles (family Hydrophilidae).  Not all of them are strictly aquatic as adults, and as Doug Yanega said:  Haven’t they had a lot of rain in the UK this year?  So, if the wheat fields were flooded, or even just “soggy,” it is a fair bet to say that is what the beetles are.
Eric

Another Update from Eric Eaton:  March 17, 2014
Ok, got a more specific reply from Michael Geiser:  “Yup, I would suspect Helophorus nubilus, a species with costate elytra, well-known from wheat fields in England (even reported as a “pest species”). But I’ll wait for Robert’s reply, as he’s the expert…”
So, yes, a water scavenger beetle!
Eric

Another Update from Eric Eaton:  March 22, 2014
Daniel:
Please meet Clive Turner, a coleopterist interested in the beetles, which turn out to be a different species (not Helophorus nubilus, but a different one).  I will let Clive fill you in…..
He is interested in obtaining the specimens if the person who wrote to WTB still has them.  Thanks!
Sincerely,
Eric

 

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Subject: never seen it before..
Location: Bad Dürkheim, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany
March 9, 2014 3:40 pm
hey bugman!
I am from Germany, exactly from Rhineland Palatinate.
So I opend the trunk of my car yesterday and a huge bug just lay there.. It tried to cover up, I guess.
It was already dead when I found it.
I have never seen something like this! Really big and colour was golden and green, it also got huge eyes.
It would be awesome if you know what kind of bug it is!
thank you!
Sarah
Signature: Sarah

Predaceous Diving Beetle

Predaceous Diving Beetle

Hi Sarah,
This is an aquatic beetle, most likely a Predaceous Diving Beetle in the family Dytiscidae.  Like many aquatic insects, Predaceous Diving Beetles are capable of flying from one body of water to another.  Your individual bears a resemblance to
Cybister laterimarginalis, a European species that is pictured on the Polish website Iconographia Coleopterorum Poloniae and on Wikimedia Commons

Predaceous Diving Beetle

Predaceous Diving Beetle

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Subject: Big beetle in Maine
Location: Small Point, Maine marsh next to ocean
July 27, 2013 5:30 pm
So, I found a bug in the road at a campground and ran it up to my son (since he loves bugs). He didn’t fly and gave my son a good pinch that drew blood. (Two little punctures)
We’re just curious what it was.
He was pretty big (the pic shows my husbands hand for reference.).
Signature: Rebecca

Predaceous Diving Beetle

Predaceous Diving Beetle

Hi Rebecca,
This is a Predaceous Diving Beetle, an aquatic predator.  They are not dangerous, but as you and your son found it, they can bite if carelessly handled.  Though they are aquatic, Predaceous Diving Beetles can fly from pond to pond.

Predaceous Diving Beetle

Predaceous Diving Beetle

awesome. it did give him a good bite, which led to blood (exciting!).  we needed to know what type of bug so we can anticipate which superpowers he can be expecting.  thanks!

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Subject: Predaceous Diving Beetle
Location: CT
June 3, 2013 6:24 am
Recently I sent a pic of this former mystery bug, just wanted to save you some time in that I found the ID. Thank you anyway, and I really enjoy your site.
Signature: Cheryl

Subject: Mystery Bug
Location: CT
May 31, 2013 12:51 pm
Hello, I found this bug close to my fish pond here in CT, at first I thought it was a waterbug, but the front legs look different from what I’ve seen before. It could fly, and it had a ungainly and awkward way of crawling. Never seen one of these before, is it a type of waterbug?
Signature: Cheryl

Predaceous Diving Beetle

Predaceous Diving Beetle

Hi Cheryl,
We just returned to the office to find 100s of identification requests, and we know we cannot ever read them all.  We search for good subject lines, and though you originally requested our assistance, and we failed you, we are happy you did identify your Predaceous Diving Beetle and we are thrilled to be able to post your fine photograph.

Predaceous Diving Beetle

Predaceous Diving Beetle

 

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Subject: Water larvae
Location: Beaverton, Oregon
March 22, 2013 8:17 pm
My son and I found this bug in a vernal pool. I cannot figure out what it is, but I hope never to meet one in a dark alley at night. I have two pictures, one of the whole bug and one through a microscope that shows its formidable mandibles. We would be most grateful to know more about it.
Many thanks,
Laura
Signature: Laura B

Diving Beetle Larva

Diving Beetle Larva

Hi Laura,
This is the larva of an Aquatic Beetle, and we believe it is the larva of a Predaceous Diving Beetle in the family Dytiscidae.  Here is a photo from BugGuide that looks very similar.  We are sorry but we do not have the necessary skills to identify this to the species level.  We remember these larvae being called Water Tigers in an old aquarium book by Innes.

Head of a Water Tiger

Head of a Water Tiger

Daniel,
Thank you!  You are clearly the Patron Saint of creepy-crawlies and those who appreciate them!
With deepest admiration,
Laura

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Subject: Sweet smelling water bug
Location: North and South Carolina
August 2, 2012 8:21 am
There is a water bug that skims across the surface of rivers that if you can catch one and smell it’s tummy it smells sweet like strawberries. Do you know what kind of bug this is or why it smells like that? It is tear shaped with tiny legs you can only see when it is flipped over. Also, they always seem to be in groups.
Signature: curios hiker

Whirligig Beetles

Dear curios hiker,
These are Whirligig Beetles in the family Gyrinidae.  We are very intrigued by your description of their smell.  We checked BugGuide‘s family page, but there is no mention of Whirligig Beetles smelling like strawberries, however, in the genus page for
Dineutus, one of four genera in the family recognized by BugGuide, we did find the statement:  “When disturbed, adults produce a defensive secretion that smells like apples.”  There is also mention that another common name is Apple Bug.  This is brand new information for us.  Even though we are quite familiar with Whirligig Beetles and collected them in our youth, we never noticed their odiferous character.  Whirligig Beetles are known for whirling about in circles on the surface of ponds, lakes, calm rivers and calm streams.  BugGuidealso notes that  they “can form rafts of immense numbers on lakes.”

Whirligig Beetle

Thank you!  This is definitely the same insect.  If you happen to come across them again I would suggest smelling their tummies.  Very carefully hold one between thumb and pointer finger and lift the underside to your nose.  Some do tend to give off a stronger scent than others.  Also, they tend to be more odoriferous he sooner you smell them after capture.  I still say they smell more like strawberries than apples.  Perhaps different versions smell different?  Thank you again for your response.  Have a great day!
curious hiker  (the misspelling was driving me crazy  lol)

We thought you were looking for curios in curio shops while hiking.

Lol, thanks for giving me more credit than I deserve.  But, no I just wasn’t paying attention to what I had typed. :)

 

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