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Subject :  centibeetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Madison, WI
Date: 08/05/2021
Time: 12:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi! This handsome fella was crawling around on the sidewalk in my neighborhood the other morning and I’d love to know what it is. He kind of looks like a cross between a centipede and a beetle. Thank you for sharing your love of our wriggling insect friends!
How you want your letter signed:  E in Madison

I forgot to mention that he was about 3” long.

“Handsome” Ground Beetle Larva

Dear E in Madison,
Thanks for your kind words and thanks for using the word “handsome” to describe this Ground Beetle larva.  Just last week Daniel dug up a similar Ground Beetle larva and he posted an image to What’s That Bug?

Subject:  Firefly
Geographic location of the bug:  Campbell, Ohio
Date: 07/29/2021
Time: 8:51 PM EDT
Gentle Readers,
Daniel has watched the sunset the past three nights in Ohio and as soon as the sun drops below the horizon, the Lightning Bugs start flashing.  Based on the flash patterns, flash colors, and the flying habits, Daniel is certain there are numerous species present, but alas, he does not have the necessary skills to identify them to the species level.

Firefly

Because it is still light enough to see, Daniel continued to eradicate invasive prickly thistles that have overrun parts of the yard, and he found this shy Firefly flashing from the sedum.  The day before, Daniel tried unsuccessfully to capture the experience of watching hundreds of flashing Fireflies with the camera on his iPhone, but alas, much like photos of the Grand Canyon, it is not the same as being there and experiencing it.  As a side note, it is also nice to watch the bats flying in the twilight catching insects.

LIghtning Bugs Flashing (hard to capture with cellular telephone)

 

Subject:  Lion Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Lake Blanca Washington State
Date: 07/26/2021
Time: 04:42 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw that you were looking for photos of this as I was trying to identify it.
How you want your letter signed:  Jason

Lion Beetle

Dear Jason,
Thanks for taking the time to submit your image of a Lion Beetle,
Ulochaetes leoninus, a Longhorned Borer Beetle that is an excellent Bee impersonator.

Subject:  Ground Beetle Larva
Geographic location of the bug:  Campbell, Ohio
Date: 07/28/2021
Time: 11:33 AM EDT
Gentle Readers,
Yesterday while digging in the garden where he made a compost pile in April, Daniel encountered the predatory beetle larva, almost two inches long, and he moved it to another place in the garden where no new activity is planned.  Research on BugGuide indicates this is a Ground Beetle larva.

Ground Beetle Larva

 

Subject:  Large green bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Stretham near Ely
Date: 07/23/2021
Time: 07:49 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This large green flying bug landed on me yesterday. Its body was 30-35mm long and it had long curved antenna which do not show up too well on the photo.  Searched on Google to no avail. Could you please identify for me? Any info much appreciated
How you want your letter signed:  John

Musk Beetle

Dear John,
This Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae is commonly called a Musk Beetle, because according to Eakring Birds:  “This is a huge beetle, probably the largest species found in Nottinghamshire. It’s large size struck us when we found this adult on a Sallow trunk in Gamston Wood near Retford in July 2010 and more recently in June 2011 (top two photographs). On the day, we also saw a second beetle alight near the top of another Sallow in the adjacent Eaton Wood. These are believed to be the first site records, but this is a scarce beetle in Nottinghamshire anyway, and it’s stronghold may possibly be along the Trent and Idle Valleys. Named after it’s ability to produce a pleasant smell, Aromia moschata is a beetle that can also produce an audible sound when handled.”   The species is also pictured on FlickR.

Dear Daniel
Thanks for your speedy reply! I did not realise we had such a bug in the UK quite an eye opener! I have bought your book on Kindle so hope this will help me with future identifications. Good hunting!
Best regards
John
Dear John,
The Curious World of Bugs is not an identification guide, but rather a pop culture introduction to the wonderful world of things that crawl.  I hope you find it entertaining.

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Ontario, Canada
Date: 07/19/2021
Time: 08:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi bugman. These bugs seems to love my raspberry’s, they also love loving on the leaves(as you can see). Do you know what they are?
How you want your letter signed:  Sincerely, Andrew

Japanese Beetles Mating and Eating Raspberries

Dear Andrew,
Let us introduce you to the Japanese Beetle, a species loathed by American gardeners, especially those who grow roses, for over 100 years.  According to BugGuide:  “earliest record in our area: NJ 1916.”