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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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Subject:  Black and White Darling Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Corona, CA
Date: 03/17/2019
Time: 08:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I can’t find any information on white Darkling beetles.  This beetle does the classic tail in the air when threatened pose.
How you want your letter signed:  JohnD

Acrobat Beetle with unusual markings

Dear JohnD,
The piebald markings on your Acrobat Beetle or Stink Beetle in the
Eleodes, a genus well represented on BugGuide, do not seem naturally occurring to us.  Also, the markings appear to be layered, with a whiter coloration on top of a creamier coloration.  Is it possible this Acrobat Beetle had an encounter with a paint brush?  We will continue to research this matter.

Hi Daniel,
We thought that same thing at first.  However, we were not able to carefully scrape off any of the white and cream color like we would have been able to if it were paint.  Additionally, we found him quite far from houses in a river bed/ravine location. Unfortunately for us, but fortunately for the bug, we have a standing order for our 9 year old to safely release all bugs after taking a short look at them.  We will look around near where he released it to see if we can find it again and get to the bottom of the mystery.
Thanks!

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Subject:  Black bug with stripe
Geographic location of the bug:  Table Mountain, South Africa
Date: 10/20/2018
Time: 04:42 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello all,
I came across this bug while climbing table mountain in south africa. Does anyone know what it is?
Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Joe

Tok-Tokkie

Dear Joe,
This looks like one of the South African Darkling Beetles in the genus
 Psammodes known as Tok-Tokkies, but the stripe is something we have not seen, so we will attempt a species identification for you.

Update:  October 29, 2018
Thanks to a comment from Emily, we now realize the stripe is actually a blurry blade of grass.

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