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Subject:  Beautiful Ladybug
Geographic location of the bug:  Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Date: 10/29/2017
Time: 08:50 PM EDT
Hi there,
I failed to identify this bug, I have found on a palm leave in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. It  ‘s size is about other lady bugs. Can you identify, please?
How you want your letter signed:  Johannes Oehl

Eight Spotted Flea Beetle

Dear Johannes,
This is not a Lady Beetle.  It is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, and based on the hind legs, we believe it is a Flea Beetle in the tribe Alticini.  It is identified as
Omophoita sp. on the Las Cruces and Wilson Botanical Gardens Costa Rica 2010 Smug Mug site.  It is identified as Omophoita cyanipennis on FlickR and on Jungle Dragon it is called an Eight Spotted Flea Beetle.

Eight Spotted Flea Beetle

Hello Daniel
Thank you very much for the identification work!!!!
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Best,
Johannes
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Subject:  Unidentified flying bug
Geographic location of the bug:  San Mateo, CA
Date: 10/16/2017
Time: 01:37 PM EDT
I found this bug sitting on the ceiling of our livingroom… I cupped I and brought it outside. After I took pictures, it crawled quickly out of the cup and flew away. It looked very similar to a lady bug. Is it similar? Can you tell what it is?
How you want your letter signed:  Kelley

Eucalyptus Leaf Beetle

Dear Kelley,
This looks to us like a Eucalyptus Leaf Beetle,
Chrysophtharta m-fuscum, a species we learned to identify when we found some munching on the eucalyptus tree around the corner from our Mount Washington offices.  According to the Center for Invasive Species Research:  “Eucalyptus leaf beetle is a new pest of ornamental eucalyptus and was introduced from Australia into southern California around 2003. It is not controlled by native parasites or predators. In Australia it is commonly known as one of the eucalyptus tortoise beetle species.”

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Subject:  Looks like a bug with an amber encrusted frog on top
Geographic location of the bug:  Toronto, Canada
Date: 09/27/2017
Time: 02:43 PM EDT
Found this bug on my sliding door today. At first I thought a tiny frog was eating a bug, but it looked like it was encrusted in amber. It’s about 1cm in size, maybe smaller. Looking closer at my photos, the shape of the “amber” crust looks too perfect, so maybe it’s just the bug’s shell.
Any idea what this is?
How you want your letter signed:  Steven

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Dear Steven,
We like your amber-encrusted frog observation as a description of the elytra of this Clavate Tortoise Beetle.  All three provided views are gorgeous and illustrative.

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

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Subject:  I think i may have a new type of bug i found on the sidewalk and carefully took it home
Geographic location of the bug:  Slovenia, Logatec
Date: 09/21/2017
Time: 08:33 AM EDT
Is it a new type it looms like half a ladybug ( the head) and some kind of black and bage stripes
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Colorado Potato Beetle

This is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae.  It looks to us like a Colorado Potato Beetle, which is native to the Rocky Mountains in North America.  This amusing BBC News article begins with “In 1950 the East German government claimed the Americans were dropping potato beetles out of planes over GDR fields in an attempt to sabotage their crops. Was it true, or an example of Cold War propaganda?”  According to BugGuide:  “before the introduction of the potato in the US, was confined to Colorado and neighboring states feeding on native Solanum species; now occurs in most potato growing areas both in NA and Europe has become a serious pest in Europe.

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Subject:  I call them Sith Lady Bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  Sierra Vista, Arizona, USA
Date: 09/12/2017
Time: 08:46 PM EDT
9/9/2017 San Pedro Riperian. Don’t they look like Darth Sith? Just wanted to share photos.
How you want your letter signed:  ptosis

Globe Mallow Leaf Beetle

Dear ptosis,
We are quite confident we have identified the orange beetles as Globe Mallow Leaf Beetles,
Calligrapha serpentina, based on this BugGuide image, and based on other BugGuide images, it appears this beetle has variable coloration.  According to BugGuide:  “Found on Mallows, pattern typical for genus, but details of pattern are fairly constant. Coloring varies from red to a striking light green (the green is an almost translucent metallic sheen over a yellowish to orange base). Differently colored individuals can often be found at one time in one population, but on average most individuals tend to be mostly the same color at one place and time. One generation is commonly a different color than the next.”  We are also confident that the light beetle in your third image is a member of the same genus, but most likely a different species.

Globe Mallow Leaf Beetle

Thank you so much! wow. I really thought they were a Sith Maul version of Ladybugs. Thank you so much!

Leaf Beetles, genus Calligrapha

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Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Ground
Date: 09/09/2017
Time: 05:42 PM EDT
Hi. I found a bug that is orange and black and looks like a huge ladybug. What is it
How you want your letter signed:  Bug girl

Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle

Dear Bug girl,
This is a Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle,
Labidomera clivicollis, which you can verify by viewing this BugGuide image.

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