Subject: Weird bug I never seen before
Location: San Diego, CA
May 3, 2013 9:37 pm
My name is Annabelle and I am 6 years old. Me, my 2 year old brother Hayden, and my cat Fanta found this bug crawling on the wall in my house. It took a while for me and my Daddy to catch him without hurting it. He sure was squirmy. He was tall like a pencil and as long as the size of a quarter. He also liked to play dead when we were taking pictures of him. But boy did he bounce back to his wild ways when we went to set him free.
Signature: Annabelle, Hayden, and Fanta
Dear Annabelle, Hayden and Fanta,
My you write well for a six year old. This is a Brown Leatherwing, Pacificanthia consors, a species of Soldier Beetle. Brown Leatherwings are beneficial insects that prey upon smaller creatures in the garden. They often attract attention along the west coast when they are drawn to lights in May.