From the daily archives: "Wednesday, July 6, 2016"

Subject: What kind of Beetle is this?
Location: Southeastern United States
July 6, 2016 12:30 pm
This guy is in Middle Tennessee. I was wondering what kind of beetle this is, and are those really its eyes or just markings?
Signature: DL in TN

Eyed Elater

Eyed Elater

Dear DL in TN,
The large eyespots on the thorax of the Eyed Elater have evolved as protective mimicry.  A predator like a bird might be fooled into thinking that a tasty morsel is actually a much larger predator.

Subject: Dragon like bug
Location: Austria
July 6, 2016 10:46 am
Hi Bugman,
I found this beautiful wandering through my garden. Can you help me find out, what it is? (So I can give it an appropriate dragon like name).
Thanks a billion!
Signature: Berndman

Katydid

Katydid

Dear Berndman,
This is an immature male Katydid, but we are not certain of the species.

Katydid

Katydid

Subject: What type of tarantula could this be ?
Location: Bought it in Australia but could be from another country.
July 6, 2016 10:33 am
I know it’s a tarantula but just wondering if you could give me an idea on what type! I bought it from a pet store and forgotten what it’s called !!!
Signature: Adrian

Tarantula, we presume

Tarantula, we presume

Dear Adrian,
With all due respect, accuracy in proper identifications is tremendously aided by knowing the location of the sighting.  Pet stores purchase creatures from all over the world.  Furthermore, the highest quality images are incredibly helpful for proper identifications.  Your dark, blurry, low resolution image is not ideal for a proper identification.  We are not able to assist you at this time.

Subject: Beetle identification
Location: South-West Florida near the Gulf of Mexico
July 5, 2016 9:45 pm
Can you help me identify this beetle? I took this picture this morning (July 5, 2016). This is very large beetle, approximately 1″-1 1/2″ long, not including his sword-like snout. I live in South-West Florida near the gulf. I recently had some large Live Oak, and Palm tree’s trimmed and couple palms cut down. This beetle was found scurrying around on an oak log in a stack of logs and twigs saved for firewood. There were two palm logs lying next to this stack of wood as well.
Signature: curiosity killed the cat

Giant Palm Weevil

Giant Palm Weevil

This is a Giant Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus cruentatus, and according to BugGuide:  “19-31 mm, the largest weevil in N. Amer.”

Subject: Whats this bug
Location: Brasil / sao paulo
July 6, 2016 9:25 am
Found in brasil / sao paulo
Best regards!
Signature: Eduardo k

Flag Footed Bug

Flag Footed Bug

Dear Eduardo,
This amazing insect is a Flag Footed Bug,
Diactor bilineatus, and according to TrekNature:  “The longevity of the adult is of 30 days, of form that the complete cycle of the species they live approximately two months, depending on the climatic conditions. The nymphs of this species suck the seiva of the floral buttons and new fruits, and the adults also attack leves, branches and fruits of any age.”

Thankyou very much!
It is a plague for passion fruit crops!
My best regards!
Eduardo Korkes

Hello again Eduardo,
From what we have read, passion fruit is the known host for this Flag Footed Bug.