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Subject:  Bright and Lonely in FL
Geographic location of the bug:  St. Petersburg, FL
Date: 05/21/2019
Time: 06:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello from sunny Florida! It’s springtime here and I found this bright and lonely guy  (or gal) hanging out by itself for literally hours on the aluminum railing of my porch. It didn’t seem to mind me walking by and taking a picture of it. I wonder if it’s sick/dying because it is in an odd place not reacting to much at all. It walks up and down but I haven’t seen it fly yet. I’m not sure exactly what species this is, although it appears to be some sort of beetle. Of note, there is a small spider that created a web in the corner of my porch ceiling. I’m not sure if maybe the spider is after this unusual looking beetle or if the beetle is after it and that’s maybe why it’s creeping so slowly! Help with identification and info on if I should be worried about anything like harm to my house, plants or the poor lonely beetle itself, would be greatly appreciated! 🙂
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks so much! ~Alicia

Longjawed Longhorn Beetle

Dear Alicia,
This magnificent beetle is a Longjawed Longhorn Beetle,
Dendrobias mandibularis, and the smaller mandibles indicate this is a female.  The males have very impressive mandibles.  According to BugGuide:  “Hosts: Citrus, Parkinsonia, Salix, Celtis.

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Subject:  What is this huge bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Dorohoi, Romania
Date: 05/20/2019
Time: 07:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Very large black beetle like with claws…. scary looking. Interested to know what it is
How you want your letter signed:  Leah

Stag Beetle

Dear Leah,
The gorgeous male Stag Beetle,
Lucanus cervus, was immortalized by German artist Albrecht Dürer in 1505 and is pictured on the Getty site.  This is a perfectly harmless species

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Subject:  Beetle or Fly
Geographic location of the bug:  Mcminnville,Oregon
Date: 05/18/2019
Time: 03:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Our family came across this bug, it was resting on new grounds trail post,near our local woods. We have searched for identical bugs. Nothing has came close to identification. This particular bug did not mind movement or noise as it stayed silent amd still on the fresh wooden post! Maybe a wood beetle? Since the trail post were fresh built, or imported bug on wood the carpenders gathered to build post?! Very interesting.
How you want your letter signed:  To the rasmussen boys

Western Sculptured Pine Borer

Dear Rasmussen Boys,
This looks like a Western Sculptured Pine Borer,
Chalcophora angulicollis, to us.  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:  need help with ID
Geographic location of the bug: Westmoreland State Park, in Montross, VA 22520
Date: 05/13/2019
Time: 08:24 AM EDT
Dear Daniel,
I tried to upload this photo to your website, but it appears my computer is “buggy”, ha ha. I found this (I presume) larva on the path of Westmoreland State Park, in Montross, VA 22520, on April 20th. I moved it to the side where it wouldn’t get stepped on. When moving it, it kept trying to dive under the leaf I was trying to move it with, perhaps it was ready to pupate much like Manduca sexta does (I used to work with them). I managed one photo before it burrowed into the leaf litter. It was about three inches in length.
I cannot find anything in my books or on your site. I am hoping you can help me….
Thanks so much for your great website. Sometimes I just browse through to see insects that live in places I’ll never be able to visit.
Regards, Seth

Unknown Beetle Larva

Dear Seth,
Many larval forms of insects are not well documented.  This appears to us to be a Beetle larva.  Perhaps one of our readers will recognize it and write to us.

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Subject:  Beetle, what family?
Geographic location of the bug:  Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa
Date: 05/13/2019
Time: 04:28 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  About 10mm long. Moves along very fast, wants to burrow into soil as soon as it can. Very adept at turning back on its feet once overturned.
How you want your letter signed:  Marthinus

Darlking Beetle

Dear Marthinus,
We believe this is a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae.  We are not certain of the species.

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Subject:  Pool creature?
Geographic location of the bug:  Tennessee
Date: 05/12/2019
Time: 08:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My sister had me come look at her pool over these things eating the tadpole eggs in the filter.
How you want your letter signed:  Kitty

Water Tiger

Dear Kitty,
This is a Water Tiger, the predatory larva of a Predaceous Diving Beetle.  These larvae breathe through a siphon at the tip of the abdomen that breaks the surface of the water.

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