From the monthly archives: "September 2007"
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Possible Sexton / Burying Beetle
While mushroom hunting in the woods the other day, I came across an Artist’s Conk or Artist’s Fungus (which they are often called), and upon closer examination, I noticed this beautiful beetle walking across it. I’m glad I always carry my camera as you never know what interesting things you’ll come across ~ example mentioned. Anyhow, I did a little research and believe this to be a Sexton / Burying Beetle . . . am I correct? Photos taken by me ~ 9-1-2007 (Northeast Ohio) Thanks,
T. Theiss

Hi T,
We are actually very happy your identification is incorrect. The markings on your Sap Feeding Beetle resemble those of a Burying Beetle, but the two are not closely related. Your Sap Feeding Beetle, Glischrochilus fasciatus, is in the family Nitidulidae. The reason we are excited is that your photo represents a new family, genus and species for our site. Thanks for your contribution.

Correction:  July 7, 2013
Pleasing Fungus
Today while trying to identify another red and black beetle, we realized that this old posting had been misidentified.  This is actually a Pleasing Fungus Beetle in the genus Megalodacne.  See BugGuide for additional information.

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Bug in Mesquite tree.
Recently part of a VERY large mesquite tree fell on my fathers house. He asked me to help clear the wood and so I did. Rather than waste the wood by merely disposing of it or using it in a fire place, I decide to keep the wood for use in making my famous Mesquite smoked Texas Bar-B-Q. I noticed an unusual bug in the wood as I loaded it up at my fathers, but now that It has been in place for several weeks in my back yard. I have noticed the pile of wood absolutely covered with these bugs. Can you please tell me what type of bug it is and also (if you can) whether or not they pose a threat to anything, or anyone. (please see attached photo of one of the bugs crawling on my house) Thank You,
Michael Chambers
Dallas TX

Hi Michael,
This is a new species for our site, the Mesquite Borer, Placosternus difficilis. The larvae of the Mesquite Borer bore into the wood of mesquite and some other plants. The active adults feed on nectar and pollen and are attracted to lights. See BugGuide for more information.

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What’s This Bug?
We found this bug on the road in our neighborhood. We live north of Prescott, AZ at 5000ft. in high desert terrain. I’ve attached a photo of it. We let it go, so I hope it isn’t rare! Thanks,
The Stoddard Family

Dear Stoddard Family,
This is a Blister Beetle in the genus Megetra. According to BugGuide, this genus “Restricted to Chihuahuan Desert of the USA (TX, NM, and extreme southeastern AZ) and Mexico (where most of this desert region is located).”

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Golden Orb Weaver?
This gal showed up in my Southern California back yard this week; she’s about 2" in length. When I took the photo, she’d just finished polishing off a fly, thus the crisscross web pattern above and below her resting place are temporarily obliterated. If it’s the same species I’ve had in the yard before, she will construct at least one egg case that looks very much like a hazelnut in color, shape and size. These arachnids took 3-4 years off from the back yards in my neighborhood, but luckily they’ve returned.
James Marr
San Dimas, CA

Hi James,
Argiope aurantia has several common names, including Golden Orb Weaver and Black and Yellow Orb Weaver. Every few years, one shows up in our tomato patch, but like you indicate, they are also sadly noticeably absent some years.

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living in harmony
Message from nature…’we could all get along if we’d just learn to share…’ Thought you’d enjoy this ‘last of summer’ treat taken at a meadow in Busch’s Wildlife Area in St. Charles County, MO. By the way, if one of your goals for this site was to change just one person’s way they view bugs and insects and to learn to live in harmony with nature, you’ve succeeded…I find myself telling our grandchildren on our nature walks that it’s not necessary to step on and kill everything that crawls…thanks for the life lesson…
Pat, Hawk Point, MO
Forgot to ID the eastern tiger swallowtail and snowberry clearwing moth, and in the upper left-hand corner a giant spangled fritillary with the lower wings missing….

Hi Pat,
Thank you for your photo and philosophical approach. We are happy to hear that our site is helping to educate people regarding tolerance.

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What’s this?
Here is a picture of a large insect I found in Miles City, MT. It’s about an inch and half long and kind of looks like a giant wingless bee. I can’t seem to figure out what it is. Any Ideas

Reports of Potato Bugs or Jerusalem Crickets from the American Northwest are not as common as they are in the Southwest, so we presume the insects themselves are not quite as wellknown there. Thanks for sending in your photograph.

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