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Subject: What is this bug
Location: Cornwall
May 28, 2017 7:02 am
Hi I found this bug on my trampoline never seen one before was wondering what it is
Signature: joanne woolley

Billy Witch

Dear Joanne,
This is a Billy Witch or Cockchafer, a native Scarab Beetle in England.

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Subject: 28.05.2017.
Location: Fruska gora, Serbia
May 28, 2017 10:28 am
I have never seen this before. Did you?
Signature: Late afternoon

Longicorn: Herophila tristis

We did not recognize this Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae, so we did a web search for European members of the family and we found this FlickRiver posting from Croatia that is identified as Dorcatypus tristis.  Continued research indicates that name is a synonym as The Longhorn Beetles of the West Palaearctic Region site names it Herophila tristis and states:  ” Adults in:  March – July.  Host plant:  Polyphagous in deciduous trees and herbaceous plants.  Distribution:  Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Corsica, Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Sardinia, Serbia, Sicily, Slovenia, Turkey.”  It is also pictured on Le Monde des Insectes and Encyclopedia of Life.

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Subject: Found!
Location: Charlotte NC
May 28, 2017 8:08 am
Found this guy outside my front door! We moved him to a better area with some plants!
Signature: MW

Giant Stag Beetle

Dear MW,
This magnificent male Giant Stag Beetle or Elk Stag Beetle has some really impressive mandibles.  Stag Beetles pose no threat to humans and the males use their impressive mandibles to battle one another with the dominant male impressing the female so that he can pass on his genes.  According to BugGuide:  “There is some conservation concern about this species. The related
Lucanus cervus, of Europe, is threatened.  considered by Arkansas to be a “Species of Greatest Conservation Need” (SGCN).”  If you had on a porch light, that might have attracted this guy to your front door.  Because of your kindness in relocating this gorgeous Giant Stag Beetle to a location where he would be safe, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Giant Stag Beetle

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Subject: Scorpion type insect
Location: London
May 27, 2017 5:04 am
Hi good afternoon I have found what looks like a scorpion type insect in my back garden I am located in Hayes Middlesex London I would really appreciated if someone could identify what type it is as I have very young kids the youngest being four months old and feel a little bit nervous. I hope you can help thank you
Signature: Stephen

Stag Beetle Carnage

Dear Stephen,
We are very disturbed by your image of a very dead male Stag Beetle,
Lucanus cervus, because indications are that it was alive when you found it.  Stag Beetles are perfectly harmless as they have neither venom nor poison, and the large mandibles of the males are not used for biting people, but rather to fight among themselves when competing for a mate.  This is considered an endangered species throughout much of Europe.  According to The Wildlife Trusts:  “Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981. Classified as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.”  The Wildlife Trusts also states:  “The Stag Beetle is the UK’s largest beetle and is found in south-east England, particularly in south and west London. It prefers oak woodlands, but can be found in gardens, hedgerows and parks. The larvae depend on old trees and rotting wood to live in and feed on, and can take up to six years to develop before they pupate and turn into adults. The adults have a much shorter lifespan: they emerge in May with the sole purpose of mating, and die in August once the eggs have been laid in a suitable piece of decaying wood. Look for the adults on balmy summer evenings, when the males fly in search of mates. Once the male has found a mate, he displays his famously massive, antler-like jaws to her, and uses them to fight off rival males, in a similar fashion to deer.”  According to People’s Trust for Endangered Species:  “Spectacular stag beetles are one of our largest beetles. Sadly their numbers are declining across Europe and they are now extinct in some countries. In the southern parts of the UK they are doing much better but they still need our help.”  According to UK Safari:  “Stag Beetles are the largest beetles found in the U.K. and they’re now quite rare.  The decline of our Stag Beetles is mainly as a result of habitat loss.  Some are killed by cars on roads, and since they spend such a long time in the larval stage they are also vulnerable to predation.”  According to BBC:  “One of the UK’s most iconic insects is under threat and becoming increasingly rare to find, and that’s a real shame.”  We hope the next time you encounter an unknown creature, you resist the urge to kill it because there are really very few animals in London that pose any threat to humans, and that you make an attempt to identify it before taking such an irreversible action.  We hope you teach your children to appreciate the wonders of the natural world and not to fear them.  Our mission from our inception has been to provide information to the web browsing public so that they have a better appreciation of the lower beasts.  Alas, we have no choice but to tag this posting as Unnecessary Carnage.

Thank you very much for your email it was my four-year-old son whom found it in the garden  lying upside down in that position and was already dead,  but thank you for your advice.

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Subject: What is it
Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog north Wales
May 26, 2017 5:26 am
Hi we found this bug last night … it seemed harmless but looked ever so strange
Signature: Georgina


Dear Georgina,
This native Scarab Beetle is commonly called a Cockchafer or Billy Witch.  According to UK Safari:  “The cockchafer has a three year life cycle.  After mating the female digs down about 20cm into the soil to lay between 10 and 20 eggs.  The eggs hatch after 21 days and the larvae remain in the soil for a further two years feeding on plant roots.”

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Subject: Mallodon Dasystomus?
Location: Upper Texas Coast
May 22, 2017 3:47 pm
On Saturday night this not-quite-two-inch beetle came to our door. It seems to be Mallodon dasystomus, the hardwood stump borer, and displays the characteristic golden fur on the inside surface of its mandibles.
I live on the Upper Texas Coast near Houston.
Signature: Lachlan

Hardwood Stump Borer

Dear Lachlan,
We believe you are correct that this is a Hardwood Stump Borer.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae bore in live heartwood of trees, incl. oak, elm, willow, pecan, maple, sycamore, etc” and “take 3-4 years to mature. Can be economically damaging. Adults come to lights.”  However, we would not rule out that it might be a Live Oak Root Borer,
Archodontes melanopus, which is also pictured on BugGuide.  We will attempt to get an exact species identification for you.

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