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Subject:  Identify a bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Wi.
Date: 06/12/2019
Time: 11:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this bug in our house. Never seen one like it. Hard like she’ll, but it flies.
How you want your letter signed:  Motz

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Dear Motz,
This is a Clavate Tortoise Beetle.  According to BugGuide they feed on:  “ground-cherries (
Physalis), Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium), and Solanum spp. (Solanaceae).”

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Subject:  Unknown larva
Geographic location of the bug:  Virginia Beach,Virginia
Date: 05/04/2019
Time: 09:28 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Looking for id possibly a sawfly larva
How you want your letter signed:  Maurice Cullen

Leaf Beetle Larva: Trirhabda species

Dear Maurice,
One of the easiest ways to identify a plant feeding insect is to know the plant upon which it is feeding.  This is actually a Leaf Beetle larva, and we have found a matching image on BugGuide for the genus
Trirhabda.  Of the genus, BugGuide notes:  “26 spp. in our area” and “Host plants are in the families Asteraceae and Hydrophyllaceae. Larvae and adults usually feed on leaves and flowers of a single plant species or genus: one group of species feeds on goldenrod (Solidago); another group on wormwood (Artemisia); another on Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon); etc.”

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Subject:  12(?) spot & 0 spot ladybirds (ladybugs)
Geographic location of the bug:  Abruzzo, Italy
Date: 05/07/2019
Time: 03:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi guys
I am currently visiting friends, and prowling their woodlands.
Spotted these little beauties and would be very grateful for an ID.
Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Fof

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle

Dear Fof,
Your spotted beetle is a Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle which is pictured on BugGuide and which is found in Italy according to Wikipedia.  Your second beetle, the one without the spots, is not a Lady Beetle.  It is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, and we believe we have correctly identified it as
Chrysolina grossa on BioLib and on TrekNature where it states:  “Chrysolina grossa is a Mediterranean species, associated with Labiatae of the genera Mentha and Satureja.”

Leaf Beetle

Hi Daniel
Thank you very much, for your very fast response, and, above all, for the information.
Regards
Fof
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Subject:  Black and yellow-orange beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Gainesville, Florida, USA
Date: 04/25/2019
Time: 10:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This little beetle was found by my friend, and neither of us can identify it.  It’s approximately 5mm long and was found on a bean-like plant.
How you want your letter signed:  RobynB.

Leaf Beetle

Dear Robyn B.,
This is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae.  We located this image of
Lema solani on BugGuide that looks like a match to us, but it feeds on members of the nightshade family, not on beans.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you SO much for your help- we looked in many books and sites but couldn’t identify it.  You’re wonderful!!
Thanks so much,
Robyn
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Subject:  Iridescent Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Israel
Date: 04/17/2019
Time: 01:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear bugman,
Found this small iridescent beetle in our garden and was able to catch the colors in this picture. With spring in full bloom, I’m excited to go out everyday to see what critters I find…
How you want your letter signed:  T.M.

Rosemary Beetle

Dear T.M.,
We suspected this was a Leaf Beetle, and we located a very similar looking mating pair of
Chrysolina coerulans angelica on Israel’s Nature Site (scroll down) but your individual has many more alternating stripes on the elytra.  We searched the genus and we believe your individual is a Rosemary Leaf Beetle, Chrysolina americana, which we found on iNaturalist.

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Subject:  Weird camo worm
Geographic location of the bug:  La Romana, Dominican Republic
Date: 03/05/2019
Time: 08:14 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this weird worm on several palm trees at a friends home. It seems to build a cocoon of dry fibers and then starts to eat the clorofila of the palm tree leaves. Several on each branch. Never seen it before and several landscaper friends either.
How you want your letter signed:  Ariel

Palmetto Tortoise Beetle Larva

Dear Ariel,
Thanks for presenting us with this challenging identification.  Our initial search did not provide us with any conclusive identification, but we strongly suspect this is a larval form and that it will mature into some species of Beetle.  Many Leaf Beetles in the family Chrysomelidae construct structures made of fecal matter to camouflage them while they are feeding.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide an identification. 

Palmetto Tortoise Beetle Larva

Thank you for your help Daniel! I look forward to more info from your readers.
Regards!
Ariel.

Update:  Palmetto Tortoise Beetle Larva
A special thanks to Cesar Crash who identified the Palmetto Tortoise Beetle larva, Hemisphaerota cyanea, on BugGuide where it states:  “This is the underside of the Tortoise beetle fecal nest, showing the larva protected by it’s fecal strands.”

You have been amazing!!! Thanks for the help!!!
A.-

 

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