From the monthly archives: "July 2017"
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Subject: Never seen this before
Location: Southern Maryland
July 3, 2017 6:07 pm
Found him crawling up my wall near the front door
Signature: Michael

Oak Timberworm

Dear Michael,
We identified your Weevil as an Oak Timberworm,
Arrenodes minutus, thanks to Arthur Evans great book The Beetles of Eastern North America, and then we found a matching image on BugGuide.  We learned on BugGuide that the Oak Timberworm is:  “Sexually dimorphic: snout is broad in males, long & narrow in females” which means your individual is a male.

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Subject: Identify this bug
Location: DC
July 3, 2017 12:59 pm
I usually see this bugs in the summer. I live in Washington DC
Signature: Now

Flat Wireworm

Dear Now,
We believe we have correctly identified your Click Beetle as a Flat Wireworm,
Aeolus mellillus, thanks to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide, it is found “across NA.”

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Subject: Please identify this huge bug
Location: Austin Texas
July 3, 2017 4:40 pm
Hey man –
Hope you are well!
This is the third of these huge beetles I’ve found in the last few months. The first one was a couple of months ago, and it was dead. The next one was a couple of weeks ago and i put him outside after finding him in my house. Then this one I saw last night outside my front door.
What is this? It’s huge, maybe 2 inches long (I didn’t have a ruler and am a poor judge of size, so take that with a grain of salt). It showed up in late June in Austin Texas.
It kind of looks like another bug I found on your site, but I’m not sure.
Thanks man!
Signature: John

Hardwood Stump Borer

Dear John,
This Hardwood Stump Borer,
Mallodon dasystomus, which we identified on BugGuide, is an impressive creature.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae bore in live heartwood of trees, incl. oak, elm, willow, pecan, maple, sycamore, etc.”

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Subject: Giant beetle
Location: Troy, VA
July 3, 2017 12:44 pm
I hope this goes through. As I said in my other message, this was a big beetle, about 1″ x 2″. I don’t think it is a Hercules beetle, it seems to me the shape and markings are all wrong.
Thanks for the info on the insect eggs. I immediately went and looked for a photo of a tiger moth, and it’s lovely. I haven’t seen one, but I’ll keep on the look out.
Would you be interested in a photo of the wonderfully named, green marvel moth?
thanks for all you do.
Signature: Grace Pedalino

Female Eastern Hercules Beetle

Dear Grace,
There is quite a bit of color and marking variation in the Eastern Hercules Beetle.  Your image is of a female and you should be able to spot the similarities with this individual posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: What type of insect is this?
Location: Southern California
July 3, 2017 10:53 am
Dear Bugman,
We are at the beginning of summer, and we’ve experienced strong heat in my region this past week. This comes after decent winter rainfall. I live in southern california near the San Bernardino mountains. These small insects have been staring my backyard in large numbers, I first thought they were mosquitoes, but after taking a few close up shots I’m having second thought. Can you help us identify this bug?
Signature: Ricardo

Possibly Dirt Colored Seed Bug

Dear Ricardo,
This might be a Dirt Colored Seed Bug in the family Rhyparochromidae which is pictured on BugGuide.  There are several invasive, exotic species currently causing problems in western North America, but we do not believe this is either the Mediterranean Seed Bug or the Elm Seed Bug

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Subject: white oak borer with eggs
Location: Troy, VA
July 3, 2017 11:32 am
I took this photo and when I looked more closely I discovered there were eggs in the picture. I don’t know if the eggs are from the beetle or the other bugs that were nearby. I believe this to be a white oak borer.
(I just sent another image and should have mentioned that I don’t think the giant beetle in the photo is a hercules beetle. I hope you have time to take a look at it.)
thanks again
Signature: Grace Pedalino

White Oak Borer

Dear Grace,
Thanks for sending in your image of a White Oak Borer.  We do not believe the eggs belong to the Borer.  We believe the eggs are Tiger Moth Eggs.

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