Subject: Beetle from the Madre de Dios region of Peru
Location: Los Amigos Biological Station (CICRA), Madre de Dios, Peru
June 14, 2017 7:17 am
Recently, I went to the Peruvian Amazon and saw some pretty amazing insect life! However, I’m having a really tough time identifying most of them, although I’ve gotten a couple out of sheer luck. I was wondering if you could help me with this one, if not a couple more afterward! Most of them aren’t great pictures or anything, but any help would be wonderful!
Signature: Sincerely, Noah

Pleasing Fungus Beetle

Dear Noah,
We thought this resembled a Pleasing Fungus Beetle in the family Erotylidae, and we quickly found this image on FlickR that is identified as
Scaphidomorphus bosci.  The species is also pictured on Encyclopedia of Life and iNaturalist.

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Subject: Long-horned borer?
Location: Lamar Co., Mississippi, USA
June 16, 2017 8:51 pm
A friend of mine in Lamar County, Mississippi sent this photo for id as she thought it was a pretty interesting bug. The closest I could come up with was the red-headed ash borer, and I’m certain that isn’t it. Who is this beetle? Should my friend be worried about her timber?
Signature: J Kyzar

Cypress Bark Borer

Dear J Kyzar,
You are correct that this is a Longhorned Borer Beetle or Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae, but it is not a Red Headed Ash Borer, though we believe it is a member of the same subfamily Cerambycinae.  We have not had any luck scouring either BugGuide or Arthur Evans’ excellent book “Beetles of Eastern North America”, so we have reached out to both Arthur Evans and Eric Eaton for assistance.  We hope to have a response for you soon.  The swollen femora and basal antennae segments are very distinctive, as are the color and markings.  We don’t know how to search the database on the Mississippi State University Cerambycidae of Mississippi page, but we did try to contact curator Terence Schiefer for assistance as well.

Cypress Bark Borer

Arthur Evans Responds.
Where is it from?  Sorry! I seen now that it is from Mississippi. Checking…

Cypress Bark Borer

Dear Arthur,
Thanks so much for identifying the Cypress Bark Borer,
Physocnemum andreae.  It is interesting that there is only one image on BugGuide from South Carolina and the site states:  “uncommon.”  The images of mounted specimens on Cerambycidae Species are very detailed.

Eric Eaton Responds
Wow!  Maybe the person can post these images to Bugguide?  There is only one image for the species right now.
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America

Thank you so much! I have a moderate background in entomology (I used to work with plecopterans) and when my friend asked for an ID on Facebook I turned to your site and bug guide. Much to my dismay I couldn’t find anything that matched! I have a few other images of the beetles and I’ll head on over to bug guide and submit them.
J Kyzar

Subject: Black and yellow beetle
Location: Egypt
June 17, 2017 2:36 am
I found this in my garden early morning. Was wondering what it is? Also think the photo would be a good addition for you. Thanks so much
Signature: Whitney

Sun Beetle

Dear Whitney,
Several years ago, we identified a similar looking individual from Egypt as a Sun Beetle,
Pachnoda savignyi.  There are some nice images on Beetle Space.

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Subject: Dragonfly
Location: Northwest PA
June 17, 2017 11:05 am
I want to call this a Common Green Darner but just doesn’t seem right.
Signature: Glenn

Springtime Darner

Hi Glenn,
While this is a Darner, it is not a Green Darner.  We believe this is a Mosaic Darner in the genus
Aeshna based on BugGuide images, but alas, we do not have the confidence to provide a species identification.  Perhaps one of our readers who is more skilled at Dragonfly identifications will write in with a comment to identify the species.

Correction:  June 22, 2017
After posting, we received a comment from Richard indicating this is a Springtime Darner.  Here is a similar BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Males have brown thorax with two relatively straight yellow lateral thoracic stripes. Eyes generally blue. Abdomen spotted with blue. Female similar but abdominal spots may be blue or green.”

Subject: Beetle
Location: Broken Arrow, OK
June 17, 2017 7:26 am
A neighbor of mine posted something about this bug. None of us knows what it is and I was wondering if you knew? I tried to google it but no luck….
Signature: Penny Roberts

Virginia Metallic Tiger Beetle

Dear Penny,
We began our research on identifying this Tiger Beetle with a web search that led us to the Beetles in the Bush site, where there are images of the Florida Metallic Tiger Beetle posted, and they look so similar to the individual in your images, that we suspected they might be in the same genus, so we searched the genus 
Tetracha on BugGuide which led us to the Virginia Metallic Tiger Beetle, Tetracha virginica, which is featured in some nice BugGuide images.  According to BugGuide:  “Crepuscular or nocturnal. Hides during day under stones, rocks, etc., especially near water. Attracted to lights at night” and it is described as “Tiger beetle shape. Glossy green body and elytra, distinctive compared to Cicindela species. Legs are a contrasting tan. Elytra lack maculations. Compared to other members of this genus, no light crescent-shaped markings at apex (tip) of elytra. Note also large size–largest North American member of this genus.”  Tiger Beetles are fierce hunters that pose no threat to humans, and for that reason, we are tagging this entry as Unnecessary Carnage.  We hope you inform your neighbor that these beautiful beetles, much prized by collectors for their gorgeous metallic colors, are beneficial in the hope that future encounters to not end with a death.  As an aside, though named the Virginia Metallic Tiger Beetle, this species is actually reported as far west as Texas and Oklahoma based on BugGuide data.   

Virginia Metallic Tiger Beetle

Subject: Is this a Huntsman spider?
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
June 17, 2017 2:16 pm
My mom and I were at a bank drive thru in Arizona today, it’s 111° out right now, and we saw the biggest 6-legged spider that either of us had ever seen! It didn’t move much, but when it did it seemed to be very fast. The woman inside the bank said she could see it from where she was, it was that big!! In other posts, you’ve mentioned that Huntsman spiders are nocturnal, but this one was out during the middle of a hot day, albeit not in the sun. Can you tell me what kind of spider this was and if they are typically found in Arizona?
Thank you!
Signature: Tonya in AZ

Huntsman Spider

Dear Tonya,
You are correct that this is a Huntsman Spider in the genus
Olios, and though they are nocturnal hunters, this individual might have found itself far from shelter when the sun came up.  Missing legs seems to be a common occurrence among Huntsman Spiders.