Subject: What’s this bug
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
October 20, 2014 11:16 am
Hi, I found this bizarre looking guy dying on my back steps yesterday. His body is about 2 inches long. I live in a rural, open area. I think he is the stink bug king, because he was hanging out with a lot of dying stink bugs. Thanks for your help!
Signature: Melissa

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Melissa,
We would love to learn that the Wheel Bug in your image is feeding on invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs, but we don’t think that the native predators could ever eliminate the impact of the rapidly spreading import from Asia.

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False Bombardier Beetle

False Bombardier Beetle

Subject: Red and black beetle?
Location: Kentucky
October 20, 2014 8:24 pm
I found this darling after work the other day. Eveningtime, autumn weather, in the parking lot. It was about 2 inches long, see photo of it in a plastic cup. Long legged, with covered wings like a beetle, but kind of soft to the touch, not crunchy like a typical beetle shell. It was trapped in a puddle, so I dried it off and made sure it was ok before I let it go into the weeds. :)
Signature: Casey

Hi Casey,
You rescued a False Bombardier Beetle in the genus
Galerita, and you can read more about this predatory Ground Beetle on BugGuide.  We are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

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Unknown Beetle

Checkered Beetle

Unknown Beetle

Checkered Beetle

Subject: Borers in Oregon
Location: Josephine Co., Oregon
October 19, 2014 5:39 pm
We were splitting Madrone firewood today (10/19/14), and it was full of borers of some kind. There were two varieties. The black & green variety was the most common (probably 90%), but there were also some of the red and black. We’re interested in learning more about them, particularly whether they’re a threat to our woods.
Signature: Jim

Hi Jim,
We have not had much luck identifying your red and black beetles, but it might be partly due to the lack of clarity in the images, and that they look velvety in texture, but we are not sure if that is an illusion.  Please clarify the tomentosity of your beetle, because other than the apparent texture of your individuals,  they remind us of Pleasing Fungus Beetles which are pictured on BugGuide.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to write in with an identification.

Arthur Evans identifies Checkered Beetle
Daniel,
Just saw this post on your page. It is a clerid beetle, Chariessa elegans <http://bugguide.net/node/view/169445>.
Cheers, ART
Arthur V. Evans, D.Sc.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Research Collaborator:  Department of Entomology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

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Indian Meal Moth

Indian Meal Moth

Subject: What kind of moths are these?
Location: Queens, NY
October 20, 2014 12:02 pm
My girlfriend has been finding a bunch of these (what I believe to be) moths in her bedroom; one night, she encountered 10. To me, they resemble Indian Meal Moths. We typically find these at night, but that might just be a coincidence as we’re at work during the day.
We’ve never seen them flying around; whenever we turn on the lights, they just don’t move.
The door to the bedroom is right next to the entrance to the kitchen, which led me to believe that they were Indian Meal Moths, but there are no moths in the kitchen.
Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to your response.
Signature: AG

Dear AG,
Clean out the pantry, paying especial attention to grain products and nuts.  You have Indian Meal Moths and the Caterpillars are eating your stored dry goods.

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Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

Subject: Is this a Gulf Fritillary?
Location: Coryell County, TX
October 20, 2014 11:05 am
Hello!
Unexpected beauty next to a drainage ditch. I leaned way over a fence to try to get images of this beautiful butterfly. Is it another Gulf Fritillary?
Ironic that this butterfly enjoyed the wild pink wood sorrel, and ignored the carefully planted and tended garden flowers nearby. There’s a lesson there.
Best wishes!
Signature: Ellen

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

Hi Ellen,
You are absolutely correct that this is a Gulf Fritillary, but we kind of believe you knew in your heart of hearts that you were correct.  The Gulf Fritillary is truly a unique butterfly, though we seem to recall similar looking members of the genus that do not range north of the Mexico/US border.
  We also have a vague recollection that the Gulf Fritillary is not native to the US, but that with the introduction of Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar’s southern food plant, the passionflower, it has expanded its range north.

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

Subject: Gulf Fritillary?, Part 2
Location: Coryell County, Texas
October 20, 2014 11:19 am
This may be a clearer photo…
Signature: Ellen

Thanks Ellen,
We already posted all three of your beautiful images, and though this is more in focus than your first image, we love that previously you captured the butterfly in flight.

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Longhorned Borer Beetle

Longhorned Borer Beetle

Subject: Borers in Oregon
Location: Josephine Co., Oregon
October 19, 2014 5:39 pm
We were splitting Madrone firewood today (10/19/14), and it was full of borers of some kind. There were two varieties. The black & green variety was the most common (probably 90%), but there were also some of the red and black. We’re interested in learning more about them, particularly whether they’re a threat to our woods.
Signature: Jim

Dear Jim,
We believe your Longhorned Borer might be
Neoclytus conjunctus, which is a native species found along the western portion of North America according to BugGuide.  Alas, BugGuide does not offer any specific information on the species.  We suspect it is not a cause for concern as it is a native species.  Your red and black beetle belongs to a different family and we will research its identity later.