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Subject:  The Bumpy Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Surprise, Arizona
Date: 07/17/2019
Time: 01:18 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this guy walking across a sheet I use to protect plants from the Arizona sun. I have never seen one like it in our yard (and we have a variety of insects).
How you want your letter signed:  Alison

Desert Ironclad Beetle

Dear Alison,
We believe we have correctly identified this Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae as a Desert Ironclad Beetle,
Asbolus verrucosus, thanks to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “When startled, the beetle will fall over and feign death with legs up in the air, and become extremely rigid. After a while will begin moving and right itself.  Increasingly popular in pet trade.”  The species is also pictured on Arizona Beetles Bugs Birds and more.

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Subject:  Black beetles
Geographic location of the bug:  Denver City , Texas
Date: 06/16/2019
Time: 08:10 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello!!! We have had an explosion of these beetles. Never seen them here before.
How you want your letter signed:  Bugs aren’t scary

Desert Stink Beetle

These appear to be Desert Stink Beetles in the genus Eleodes, possibly Eleodes fusiformis which is pictured on BugGuide.  Desert Stink Beetles are sometimes called Acrobat Beetles or Circus Beetles because they have a habit of sticking their abdomens in the air when threatened, and they appear to be standing on their heads.  The group image you submitted appears to document mating activity.

Mating Desert Stink Beetles

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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:  What kind of beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern California
Date: 04/28/2019
Time: 12:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug used to be prominent years ago. This is the first time I have seen it since. But I do not know what kind of beetle it is. Photo was taken outside on my house.
How you want your letter signed:  Laurie

Diabolical Ironclad Beetle

Dear Laurie,
This is a Diabolical Ironclad Beetle.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is “Woodlands, Found under loose bark of oak, cottonwood.”

Dear Daniel,
Wow, that is cool.  Thank you so much for letting me know.
Sincerely,
Laurie
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Subject:  Desert Stink Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Joshua Tree National Park, California
Date: 04/04/2019
Time: 11:15 AM PDT
No trip to the desert would be complete without an encounter with a Desert Stink Beetle or Acrobat Beetle.

Desert Stink Beetle

 

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Subject:  Mystery bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Ohio
Date: 03/31/2019
Time: 12:42 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve never seen anything like this. Found on the floor of my house.
How you want your letter signed:  Matt

Darkling Beetle Larva

Dear Matt,
This appears to be an immature Fly, possibly a Leatherjacket, the larva of a Crane Fly.

Ed. Note:  We received a comment that this is a Darkling Beetle larva.  Here is a somewhat similar looking image from FLickR.

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