From the monthly archives: "November 2013"

Subject: Black bug
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
October 27, 2013 4:53 am
These black and brown bugs attack only yellow and orange flowers. They bury themselves in the centre of the flower and kill off the plant. It is very rapid and they only come in summer. They have long back legs which stick out of the flower. They have killed off my entire daisy bush in about a week, and killed all my merigolds last year.
Signature: Lyndi

Flower Scarabs

Monkey Beetles

Dear Lyndi,
We believe these are Flower Scarabs and they look similar to these Monkey Beetles we posted several years ago.  We are postdating your submission to go live in several days while we are away from the office.

Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: MD
October 31, 2013 3:48 am
I saw this bug near my garden just two days ago (29 Oct 13). He was walking on the ground.
Signature: Sheryl

American Carrion Beetle

American Carrion Beetle

Hi Sheryl,
American Carrion Beetles like the one in your photo are often found in association with small dead animals or rotting fungus.

Thanks!!! What a great site.  Thanks for your Labor of Love.