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Subject: Black and White Beetle
Location: Austin, TX
April 15, 2017 8:31 am
Hi – I found this guy on my porch and thought he was beautiful. Can you tell me what he is? We live in Austin Texas in a relatively rural area of the hill country. Found him in March. He is a little over an inch long.
Thank you,
Signature: Curious in Austin

Ironclad Beetle

Dear Curious in Austin,
This Ironclad Beetle,
Zopherus nodulosus, is one of two large black and white beetles found in Texas.  The other is the unrelated Cottonwood Borer.

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Subject: What’s this beetle
Location: North East Los Angeles
February 15, 2017 11:21 pm
Found this beetle on the floor of our house in the Montecito Heights area of Los Angeles. Can you let us know what it is?
Signature: Thanks,

Woolly Darkling Beetle

Greetings from Mount Washington, right across the Arroyo Parkway from you.  We recognized your beetle as a member of the Darkling Beetle family Tenebrionidae, so we turned to Charles Hogue’s “Insects of the Los Angeles Basin” and we located your Woolly Darkling Beetle, Cratidus osculans, on page 299 where it states:  “It is often seen in vacant lots and along paths through brushy or wooded areas.”  Based on BugGuide, the genus has been reclassified as Eleodes osculans.

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Subject: What Beetle
Location: Noida, U.P. India
December 11, 2016 12:22 pm
Dear Daniel,
Kindly assist in identifying this matt Charcoal coloured Beetle.
thanks
Signature: Aditi

Darkling Beetle, we believe

Darkling Beetle, we believe

Dear Aditi,
We believe this is a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae, and it looks similar to this individual posted to FlickR and to the Dusty Brown Beetle posted to Plantwise.  Because we will be away from the office during the holidays, we are postdating this submission to go live toward the end of the month.

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Subject: Namibian Beetle
Location: Namibia, Africa
November 1, 2016 7:16 am
Hello! I found this insect crawling on a petrified sand dune in Spitzkoppe, Namibia last April. I am having a very hard time identifying it. Thank you for your help!
Signature: Josh

Darkling Beetle, we believe

Darkling Beetle, we believe

Dear Josh,
We suspect that this is a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae, but though we have located several black and white striped African species online, nothing quite matches your lovely individual.  We couldn’t even locate a match on the Beetles of Africa site.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck.

Identification:  Cesar Crash provided us with this link to Margy Green Photo Design of Trachynotus sp. (Tenebrionidae) that sure looks similar.  This genus is not well represented on the internet and we did find a removed Ebay posting of a specimen for sale that was listed as “extremely rare.”

Hi Daniel,
Thank you so much for your response.  I’m glad to have some further clarification as to its identity.
Thanks again!
Josh

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Subject: Iron Clad Beetle?
Location: Angeles National Forest
June 26, 2016 1:25 am
Dear Bugman,
I found this guy at Wildwood picnic area in Angeles National Forest, located just north of Sunland, CA. I was wondering if I have correctly identified this insect as an “Iron Clad Beetle.” This bug had a pecular way of playing dead when I picked it up and gently placed it on my notebook for a better shot.
Signature: Jessica Chortkoff

Ironclad Beetle

Ironclad Beetle

Dear Jessica,
We agree that you have properly identified your Ironclad Beetle.  Because we wanted to be able to provide as much detail in the insect in the posting, we were forced to crop the image, meaning your name has been cropped out. 

Dear Bugman (Professor Marlos),
Feel free to crop my photos as needed. I put my name on them so nobody on facebook can steal them and use them as their own. I hope all is well at LACC. I had a really rough year and am spending my time working on a film about Angeles Forest. As I catalog the various insects I find there I plan to share some more photos soon, but will try to not overwhelm your site with too many at a time. -Jessica

Hi Jessica,
We didn’t realize that was you writing.  The different surname through us.  Good luck with your film and we hope things get better for you.  The award winning Collegian Times Magazine did quite well this past year thanks to your contributions.

 

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Subject: unknown Beetle in Mexico
Location: Lake Chapala, Mexico
May 21, 2016 9:43 pm
This past year I moved from Albuquerque NM to the area just south of Guadalajara, Mexico so everything here is new to me. Right now the Mexican “Rain-Birds,” a Mexican version of the cicada are singing loudly in search of mates.
On a different subject though, I keep seeing these beetles on the side of the house. They seem remarkably placid, never moving around, sometimes staying in the same place for 3 days. They are beautifully ornamented.
I don’t see them eat anything (nor are they pursued). They don’t seem to be looking for mates. They have been around since early April.
Signature: Ken

Ironclad Beetle

Ironclad Beetle

Dear Ken,
This distinctive beetle is an Ironclad Beetle,
Zopherus nodulosus, and it is a species well represented in our archives because the species is also found in Texas.  According to BugGuide, the range is:  “s. TX to Mexico.”

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