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Subject:  What is this beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Graaf Reniet, South Africa
Date: 01/21/2018
Time: 12:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this interesting beetle at the Valley of Desolation outside Graaf Reniet in South Africa. The thorax and abdomen are perfectly round and the legs are grey,  not black. I have not been able to find it on the Internet.
How you want your letter signed:  Andy Smith

Tok-Tokkie

Dear Andy,
This is a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae, and we believe it is one of a group from South Africa known as Tok-Tokkies, and according to Urban Ministry Live and Unplugged:  “It is called a tok-tokkie because it communicates with other beetles through tapping on the ground. It is a harmless, good-natured beetle.”  You can find a similar looking Tok-Tokkie on FlickRiver, and similar looking individuals are pictured on iSpot where it is identified as a member of the genus
Psammodes, and in this iSpot image, the gray legs you observed are quite evident.

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Subject:  Interesting Tenebrionid that needs an ID…
Geographic location of the bug:  Belize, Central America
Date: 12/16/2017
Time: 11:36 PM EDT
Hi bugman! In August 2017, we collected this beautiful Tenebrionid in Central Belize in the Northern Maya Mountains. Elevation at this site is about 700-ft and it is primarily Tropical Broadleaf Forest. I thought I would put it up on your site to see if anyone may have an ID for it or at least some direction we could go for an ID. And yes, we did have a collecting permit from Belize plus a 3-177 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the collections. Thank you very much.
How you want your letter signed:  David Wyatt

Unknown Darkling Beetle

Dear David,
We are posting your Darkling Beetle image as requested.  This is sure a brightly colored Darkling Beetle.  We hope you are able to eventually get a correct identification.

Thank you very much Daniel.
I too hope that someone might have an idea…not too many Tenebrionids have this kind of coloring.  It’s rapidly turned into one of my favorite beetles that we’ve captured in Belize.  We are working on a project to develop a virtual collection of insects of Belize and have so far had four bioblitzes (entomology) down there and brought back to the University of California Davis over 200,000 specimens.  An exciting project.
Thanks again.
Cheers,
Dave Wyatt
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Subject:  Toktokkie beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Pretoria, South Africa
Date: 12/13/2017
Time: 08:49 AM EDT
I spotted this beetle in the bush in Pretoria, South Africa, and would like to identify it.
The only similar ones I could compare it to in my insect book are not from this region.
How you want your letter signed:  Helene Vermeulen

White Legged Tok-Tokkie Beetle

Dear Helene,
We agree with your identification.  This sure looks like a White Legged Tok-Tokkie Beetle,
Dichtha incantatoris.  According to Beetles in the Bush:  ” A number of particularly large species that go by the common name ‘tok-tokkies’ make their homes in the dry Namib desert and surrounding bushveld.”  Pretoria is very close to the sighting posted on iNaturalistCalPhotos has an individual from Botswana pictured.  The species is also pictured on iSpot and Encyclopedia of Life.  We are uncertain why you believe it is not found in your region.

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Subject:  Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  NM
Date: 09/26/2017
Time: 04:08 PM EDT
3 y/o wants to know what we were looking at today at the playground.
How you want your letter signed:  Doesn’t matter

Darkling Beetle

This is a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae, and it reminds us of the Acrobat Beetles in the genus Eleodes.  It might be a member of the genus Stenomorpha that is pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject:  What kind of beetle is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Spring, Texas
Date: 09/11/2017
Time: 08:29 AM EDT
Found this guy upstairs in our house. Wondering what it is? Want to release him back into the wild. Should I be worried there are more in my house?
How you want your letter signed:  Krissi

Darkling Beetle is adult Superworm

Dear Krissi,
We are pretty confident telling you this Beetle will not harm your home nor its occupants, though we are having a difficult time identifying it.  Though it resembles a beneficial, predatory Ground Beetle, the antennae seem entirely too serrated to be a member of that family.  The antennae remind us most of a Longhorn Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, but we don’t believe that is correct either.  We suspect this is a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae, but we have not been able to identify the genus nor species.  We are going to contact Arthur Evans and Eric Eaton to seek assistance.

Hi again Krissi,
Does anyone in your home have a pet that requires worms from the pet store?  See Arthur Evans identification below.

Arthur Evans identifies the Superworm Beetle
It looks like this to me: http://bugguide.net/node/view/132236

Eric Eaton Concurs
I would agree with Art.
Eric
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
http://bugeric.blogspot.com/

According to BugGuide:  “Other Common Names Superworm (larva)” and “The larvae (superworms) are often sold as pet food.”

 

We have a bearded dragon. She eats superworms. But we don’t buy them At the pet store, we have a lady that sells just worms and roaches.
I just saw the below about superworms. So one got out and hatched?!? Ack. Ok thank you!!!
That explains it.  A Superworm that did not get eaten must have pupated and emerged.
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Subject: unidentified bug
Location: Near Winslow, AZ
June 28, 2017 8:00 am
I can’t figure out what this is.
Your assistance is appreciated.
We photoed this guy at Homolovi State Park, Arizona.
It was October.
Signature: Dale from Olathe, Kansas

Darkling Beetle

Dear Dale,
This is a Darkling Beetle, and we believe it is in the genus
Philolithus, and we found an image on BugGuide of Philolithus sordidus that looks similar and an image on BugGuide of Philolithus morbillosus that also looks similar.  The former species has a greater range, and Philolithus morbillosus is only reported from Arizona on BugGuide.  In the past two days, Tenebboy has been identifying many unidentified Darkling Beetles in our archive, and we will see if he can provide an accurate identification on your Darkling Beetle.

You are very generous with your time and expertise. Thank you. If you further refine your identification I am eager to hear!

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