Subject:  Some type of longhorned beetle, which one?
Geographic location of the bug:  Bangalore, India
Date: 10/21/2017
Time: 01:19 PM EDT
Greetings Bugman!
I found this fellow, dead under a Ficus Religiosa, in Bangalore, India. Actually, I visit this tree, post lunch everyday. I had noticed this on the branches, often.
The images are on Google drive:
How you want your letter signed:  Naveen


Dear Naveen,
This is truly an impressive Longicorn, and its antennae are amazing.  We did not find anything similar on Prioninae of the World, but we might have missed it.  We will continue to attempt a species identification for you.



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Subject:  What beetle is this?  It hisses!
Geographic Location of the Bug:  Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia
Date:  October 19, 2017
Time:  10:39:19 AM EDT
Hi Dan,
Found this beetle in my barn in S.M.L. Va. Very pretty, shinny, and if you pick it up it hisses. So kool. Would you please let me know what kind of beetle this is? Love your website, thanks for all you and staff do to educate everyone!
Thanks Hairy Mary

Bess Beetle

Dear Hairy Mary,
This is a Bess Beetle in the family Passalidae.  According to BugGuide:  “Lifestyle of this family is unique for beetles: live in small colonies where larvae are cared for by adults of both sexes. Long life cycle, apparently more than one year. Larvae eat a rotting wood pre-chewed by adults. (Some references state larvae eat feces of adults as well.) Larvae and adults also cannibalize injured larvae.  Adults reported to fly very seldom, however they are capable of flight, contrary to statements in some sources. Adults are found at lights on occasion. They may disperse by walking, but have been observed flying under lights. …  Both adults and larvae stridulate, and this is said to serve as communication between them. Adults also stridulate when picked up, and especially, blown on. Adults stridulate by rubbing abdomen against the wings. Larvae stridulate with reduced third pair of legs–these scratch against other legs.”  The hissing sound you heard was the stridulation.

Subject:  Tarantula
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern utah, desert area
Date: 10/20/2017
Time: 06:36 PM EDT
My dad came across this spider at the mine where he works. It was on a piece of machinery.
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This is indeed a Tarantula.  The only species reported from Utah on BugGuide is Aphonopelma iodius.


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Subject:  Large Horned Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Indonesia (?)
Date: 10/20/2017
Time: 06:06 AM EDT
Stumbled on this on facebook, wondering what this moth is.
How you want your letter signed:  Thomas

Creatonotos gangis: Tiger Moth displaying Coremata

Dear Thomas,
Early this year we received an image of a similar looking Tiger Moth, also from Indonesia, and Arctiid expert Julian Donahue informed us:  “the widespread Asian
Creatonotos transiens displaying his coremata (androconia are specialized scent scales usually confined to the wings).  You can see images here: and also if you Google the congeneric Creatonotos gangis you will see images of similar coremata.”  Based on this Real Monstrosities image, we believe your species is the latter one.  That site states:  “Creatonotos is a genus containing about 10 species of moth found in parts of Africa, southeast Asia and Australia. Two species are particularly widespread and well known: C. transiens with their pale, orange abdomen and wings entirely white save for a few carefully-placed, black dots, and the more dramatic C. gangis. Their abdomens are red and they have lovely black stripes on their wings, as if someone was testing a brush before practising some Chinese calligraphy.”

Subject:  Argiope egg cases, black widow?
Geographic location of the bug:  Memphis, TN
Date: 10/19/2017
Time: 01:25 PM EDT
The argiope I sent a photo of in March disappeared (died/was eaten?) a week or two ago. I thought you might want to see the egg cases she left for next spring.
I also include a photo of what I believe is a black widow. (I couldn’t get a shot of the side with the red on it.)
How you want your letter signed:  Laurel

Egg Sacs of a Golden Orbweaver

Dear Laurel,
We did receive an image of a Golden Orbweaver from you in August.  Thanks for sending images of her egg sacs.  Orbweavers are short-lived spiders, living only a single season.  Your other spider does appear to be a Widow. 

Sorry about the date mix-up. I first saw the spider in March.

Subject:  Large beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Todos Santos,  Baja California Sur
Date: 10/19/2017
Time: 10:45 PM EDT
Saw this one my front step and removed it to where it climbed a cardon cactus.
Wondering if you could tell me what it is?
How you want your letter signed:  Karin

Elephant Beetle

Dear Karin,
We are not used to seeing Rhinoceros Beetles in the subfamily Dynastinae that are so hairy, but we located this BugGuide image of an Elephant Beetle that looks quite similar to your individual.  According to BugGuide:  “7 spp. of
Megasoma occur in the southwestern United States and Northern Mexico, only one of which occurs in Texas.”  We are confident the genus Megasoma is correct, but we cannot say for certain which species you encountered.  Here is a FlickR image of Megasoma theristes.

Elephant Beetle

Thank you for your prompt reply. Having looked at  FlickR image of Megasoma theristes,  
I am quite confident that it is very close to this one, especially since the location this one was photographed in is very close to Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico.