Subject:  Large egg-laying beetle on fallen tree
Geographic location of the bug:  Pollock Pines, California
Date: 06/20/2018
Time: 07:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Bugman, I spotted this large-ish beetle on a fallen tree, sticking its ovipositor in crevices in the wood.  What is this bug?
How you want your letter signed:  John

Jewel Beetle

Dear John,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, but we are not having any luck determining a species for you.  Do you know what type of tree you sighted it upon?

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Subject:  beetle ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Banks of Green River in western washington, near Auburn Washington
Date: 06/19/2018
Time: 04:52 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this little guy on the bank of the green river in western Washington (June). Runs very fast, I only got picture while one was stopped. Appears to be tan or gold. What is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Larry Silsbee

Northwest Hairy-Necked Tiger Beetle

Dear Larry,
This is a beneficial, predatory Tiger Beetle in the subfamily Cicindelinae, and based on images posted to The Xerces Society and BugGuide, we believe it is the Northwest Hairy-Necked Tiger Beetle,
Cicindela hirticollis siuslawensis.  According to BugGuide:  “Almost always in close association with a body of water i.e., sandy beaches of streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans.”

Subject:  Pool rescue
Geographic location of the bug:  Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Date: 06/19/2018
Time: 06:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I pulled this cheerful little critter out of my pool today (June 19). It spent 15 minutes cleaning the water off itself and another 15 crawling around on my hand since rescue. I would love to know what it is.
I have never had a pool before and I swear I spend as much time rescuing bugs and spiders, and watching them after, as I do swimming!
How you want your letter signed:  Stephanie in PA

Dogwood Spittlebug

Dear Stephanie,
Because of your bug rescue program, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  This is a Dogwood Spittlebug,
Clastoptera proteus, which we identified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Common on dogwood and Vaccinium in the Midwest.”  Spittlebugs are so called because the nymphs secrete a frothy substance that acts as a refuge and the substance resembles spittle.

Dogwood Spittlebug

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Subject:  Unidentified insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Dummerston, VT
Date: 06/19/2018
Time: 08:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Beautiful, motionless, and about an inch and a half long. Who is our dearly departed friend?
How you want your letter signed:  Amara

Northeastern Sculptured Pine Borer

Dear Amara,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and family members often have beautiful colors and are called Jewel Beetles.  Your individual is a Sculptured Pine Borer in the genus
Calcophora, most likely the Northeastern Sculptured Pine Borer, Chalcophora liberta, which we identified on BugGuide where it is described as being:  “from brilliant metallic coppery orange to dull black; extremely variable in size, dorsal sculpturing, and density of ventral setae; readily distinguished by truncate or rounded elytral apices, small size, and usually bright metallic, orange-green color.”

Subject:  Small Beetle – Highly Decorated
Geographic location of the bug:  Northwest Wisconsin
Date: 06/20/2018
Time: 11:57 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This beautiful beetle landed on me while walking in a mixed, mature forest near an open area that had been clearcut logged a couple years back. It’s gorgeous markings were very metallic and it happily explored my hand for awhile allowing us a great look. Neither my husband nor I had ever seen one before. Well! Wouldn’t ya know it that a week later at a beach on the Southern shore of Lake Superior there was another, though this individual did not seem as brilliant as the first.
Would love to know what it is and thank you very much for this fabulous site which my sister discovered and recommended.
How you want your letter signed:  Critter-Loving Lady

Leaf Beetle: Calligrapha species

Dear Critter-Loving Lady,
This is a Leaf Beetle in the genus
Calligrapha, and there are many similar looking species.  Your individual might be Calligrapha rhoda which is picture on BugGuide where it states:  “host: Corylus (hazel).”

Leaf Beetle: Calligrapha species

Hello Daniel Marlos,
Wow! Your reply is about a zillion times faster than anticipated and very much appreciated. Thank you. Can’t wait to explore the data on this genus as well as peruse your excellent site. Truly a treasure it is.
By the way, it made me extremely happy to see What’s That Bug site posts that it is NOT in support of extermination. I’m working very hard to undo any sneaky, lingering crappy mindsets I have about all insects around me. Learning to appreciate, admire and even love their presence has deeply enriched my day to day experiences, though I still struggle when a group happily gangs up in a forage-fest on something I’m also hoping to eat. A lecture of, “Hey! Let’s share everyone!” has so far been pretty ineffectual.
Have a most wonderful day.
Critter-Loving Lady

Subject:  Orange spotted bug in NJ
Geographic location of the bug:  Ocean Grove NJ
Date: 06/19/2018
Time: 06:40 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  When I went out onto the porch this morning, I saw this striking little fellow. What is it? Should I be scared?
How you want your letter signed:  Oceangirl

Red Milkweed Beetle

Dear Oceangirl,
Was there any milkweed growing near the sighting?  This is a Milkweed Longhorn in the genus
Tetraopes, most probably the Red Milkweed Beetle, Tetraopes tetrophthalmus, which is pictured on BugGuide.

That is awesome, I checked the link…that’s the bug!!
PS I am copying my sister Muzz and her husband Mike on this. They live in the rainforest area in Panama and they have some great bugs there.
Muzz and Mike, I saw a strange bug on my porch today and discovered and the bugman.

Daniel, thank you for this great service!
I’m with you on preserving natural habitats and learning more about bugs.