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Subject:  Mating Cedar Beetles
Geographic Location of the Bug:  Littlefield Texas
October 14, 2017
Hi Daniel,
Here are the images I took of the Cedar Beetles. The last few are sort of hard to see but it is of the males surrounding the female. They were quite a way up the tree by that time. I’ll also send you a video or two but I need to watch them again to see which ones are easiest to see. I’ll send those soon..
Thanks,
Jackie

Mating Cedar Beetles

Subject (please be succinct, descriptive and specific):  Cedar Beetle
October 12, 2017
Through your site I discovered that I had found a Cedar Beetle. My husband and I are in Littlefield Texas for a few months for a job and this is where I found it. A few days later I went for a walk and saw a large amount of them flying around a tree in our backyard. It was very strange as there seemed to be only one female and the rest were males all trying to mate with her. I have several pictures and videos of them. If you are interested in seeing them I would be happy to send them to you. Also, the following day I was digging to plant a bush and dug up a female. She seemed fully formed but not quite ready for the outside world yet. I wasn’t sure if I should bury her or not so I put her under the bush I planted. A short time later, I saw two males buzzing around looking for her. Thanks for your time reading this and the work you put into this site!
Your Name:  Jacqueline Hook

Cedar Beetle Mating Frenzy

Dear Jackie,
Thanks so much for sending in your awesome images.  We have taken your original comment and created a new posting using your images of a Cedar Beetle Mating Frenzy.  Male Cedar Beetles have flabellate or fanlike antennae that help them locate a female once she releases her pheromones.

Female Cedar Beetle and 4 suitors

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Subject:  Black beetle with fun antennae
Geographic location of the bug:  Kansas City
Date: 10/09/2017
Time: 07:18 PM EDT
Found this little beetle on my outside window. I love the antennae. Could you tell me please what this is?
How you want your letter signed:  TW

Male Cedar Beetle

Dear TW,
This is a male Cedar Beetle or Cicada Parasite Beetle,
Sandalus niger, which we identified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, they are present “mostly: Sept-Oct.”  Of the genus, BugGuide notes:  “antennae flabellate in males, serrate in females” and flabellate is an entomological term to describe fanlike antennae.

Male Cedar Beetle

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Subject (please be succinct, descriptive and specific):  Cedar Beetle
October 12, 2017
Through your site I discovered that I had found a Cedar Beetle. My husband and I are in Littlefield Texas for a few months for a job and this is where I found it. A few days later I went for a walk and saw a large amount of them flying around a tree in our backyard. It was very strange as there seemed to be only one female and the rest were males all trying to mate with her. I have several pictures and videos of them. If you are interested in seeing them I would be happy to send them to you. Also, the following day I was digging to plant a bush and dug up a female. She seemed fully formed but not quite ready for the outside world yet. I wasn’t sure if I should bury her or not so I put her under the bush I planted. A short time later, I saw two males buzzing around looking for her. Thanks for your time reading this and the work you put into this site!
Your Name:  Jacqueline Hook

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Subject: Feather-Horned Beetle – Rhipicera femorata
Location: Mount Gambier, South Australia
February 23, 2017 1:06 am
Found this beautiful little man today while out taking photos. Its a male Rhipicera femorata. They are uncommon and little is known about them, and i thought you and your readers might enjoy some nice photos 🙂
Taken on 23/02/2017, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Signature: – Liam

Feather Horned Beetle

Dear Liam,
This is a very good morning for us.  Generally, the beginning of the year is not the busiest time for our site as winter envelops the northern hemisphere and most of our submissions are blurry images sent by desperate homemakers who find carpet beetles, stink bugs, bed bugs, cockroaches and other household intruders that they fear and loath.  Your submission is the third beautiful and wondrous posting for us today.  We really prefer posting images from people who appreciate the beauty of the lower beasts.  While Feather Horned Beetles are not new to our site, your images are especially lovely.  According to the Atlas of Living Australia:  “Adults may not feed, but fly readily in fine weather. During their short summer flight season, males greatly outnumber females; their flabellate antennae are presumably particularly sensitive to the female’s scent and help them to home in on her. The larvae are thought to be parasites of the nymphs of cicadas living in sandy soils.”  According to Featured Creature:  “The males differ from the females in that their anntenae are much larger and more pronounced. Those anntenae are unique due to the fact that they have more than 20 segments and arise from small knob-like prominences.”

Feather Horned Beetle

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Subject: Black Insect
Location: Grenada, Caribbean
January 20, 2016 5:42 pm
Saw this bug in my room one night, was wondering what it was with its curious antennae.
Signature: donnwestt

Click Beetle, we believe

Click Beetle, we believe

Dear donnwestt,
We believe this is a Click Beetle in the family Elateridae, and though we can link to similar looking individuals with feathered antennae from other countries like this Click Beetle from Uganda or this Click Beetle from Los Angeles, we have not been able to locate any similar looking individuals from the Caribbean or South America.  We would not rule out that it might be a Feather Horned Beetle in the family Callirhipidae like this individual pictured on ShutterAsia.  We will attempt to do more research on your beetle including getting an opinion from Eric Eaton.

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Subject: Feather Horned Beetle
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
May 2, 2015 11:34 pm
My daughter found this beetle in our backyard. We did have a smaller beetle without the fancy antennae but by the time I got the camera the smaller beetle had disappeared.
We were able to identify it from your site and thought that you may be interested.
Signature: Chris McMillan

Feather Horned Beetle

Feather Horned Beetle

Dear Chris,
Your images of a Feather Horned Beetle,
Rhipicera femoralis, are an excellent addition to our archive.

Feather Horned Beetle

Feather Horned Beetle

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Subject: Feather Horned Beetle
Location: Toowoomba, Queensland
April 9, 2015 9:01 pm
I have identified the unusual critter from my photo, from a previous posting on your website.
Thank you for satisfying my curiosity. I just thought I’d forward my photos to you as well.
Photo was taken 6 April 2015.
Signature: Leanne W.

Feather Horned Beetle

Feather Horned Beetle

Dear Leanne,
Thanks so much for sending in your gorgeous images of a Feather Horned Beetle,
Rhipicera femoralis.

Feather Horned Beetle

Feather Horned Beetle

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