From the monthly archives: "July 2017"
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Subject: Eastern Hercules in Northern VA
Location: Falls Church, VA
July 2, 2017 9:57 pm
I live in Northern Virginia (Falls Church) and until yesterday had never seen an Eastern Hercules beetle. In 4 separate trips to my car over the last 36 hours, I have found 4 dead ones (1 female, 3 male). I’d be lying if I say it doesn’t concern me that they seem to be dropping out of the tree I park underneath…what could be killing them? (The townhouse community I live in does not spray pesticides to my knowledge) Is it normal for E. Hercules to die around the same time? Again, I’ve lived here for 12 years and have never seen an E. Hercules until now…why all of a sudden? They sure are cool, though! Hope I can see a live one soon!
Signature: Dave

Pair of Eastern Hercules Beetles (male on left)

Dear Dave,
It is disconcerting to hear about your dead Eastern Hercules Beetles.  We would expect that adults should live about six weeks, and July is the month with most sightings on BugGuide, so we are guessing the deaths you have encountered are probably premature.  Populations of different insects do vary over time, which might explain why you have never encountered Eastern Hercules Beetles previously.

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Subject: Water Bug?
Location: SookeBC
July 2, 2017 10:35 pm
good day
just wondering if you would know that this little bug is? Live in Sooke British Columbia.
Thanks… Cheers
Signature: Laura

Western Sculptured Pine Borer

Dear Laura,
This is a Western Sculptured Pine Borer,
Chalcophora angulicollis, a species pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Dark brown to black, sculptures on upper side, irridescent bronze luster, especially on underside. Fly noisily when alarmed. The only western species in the genus.”

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Subject: Beetle
Location: Long Island New York
July 3, 2017 6:21 am
I assume this is some type of beetle, was about the size of a quarter and had 3 smaller ones that looked just like it following it!
Signature: Jon R

Grapevine Beetle

Dear Jon,
This distinctive Scarab Beetle is a Grapevine Beetle.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults feed on grape (
Vitis) foliage and fruit, both wild and cultivated species. Not a serious pest. Eggs are laid on stumps and rotting logs. Larvae feed on decaying roots and stumps of trees, pupate in adjacent soil. Life cycle takes about two years. Adults emerge May-September and come to lights.”

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Subject: Unusual flying insect
Location: NC USA
July 2, 2017 10:14 am
This insect photo was taken July 2 at 1pm in Cape Carteret NC. What is it?
Signature: Chris

Red Footed Cannibalfly

Dear Chris,
We are relatively certain that your Robber Fly is a Red Footed Cannibalfly,
Promachus rufipes, based on images posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Preys on large flying insects. Has been reported to attack Ruby-throated Hummingbirds”

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Subject: Beetle with white cross?
Location: Ontario Canada
June 30, 2017 9:10 pm
I found this hiding in my house just seemed odd I haven’t seen anything like it before.
Signature: …

Hairy Flower Scarab

This is a Hairy Flower Scarab.

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Subject: assassin bug
Location: Carroll County, Maryland
July 1, 2017 9:49 am
green assassin bug with striped antennae. Can’t find it, even on the Maryland Biodiversity Project page.
Signature: Mary

Immature Bush Katydid

Dear Mary,
This is NOT an Assassin Bug.  It is a Bush Katydid nymph.

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