Subject: Mystery Beetle
Geographic location of the bug: Potomac, Maryland
Time: 09:50 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: We always try to identify insects we find. But we’ve been unable to ID this particular insect, which we believe is a beetle. We’ve looked in 2 different guides, but no match. Can you help us?
How you want your letter signed: Caleb & Adam
Dear Caleb & Adam,
We identified this Invasive Exotic Oriental Beetle, Exomala orientalis, thanks to Beetles of Eastern North America by Arthur V. Evans. Here is a matching image on BugGuide. According to BugGuide: “native to E. Asia, adventive in NA (*NS-GA to ON-WI-*MO)(*BG data), and spreading” and “earliest US records: 1920s.”