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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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Subject:  Is this a ladybug?
Geographic location of the bug:  San Antonio tx
Date: 02/05/2019
Time: 12:57 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello I’m having trouble finding this bug online.
How you want your letter signed:  Erika garza

Leaf Beetle

Dear Erika,
This is not a Lady Beetle.  It is a Leaf Beetle in the genus
Calligrapha, but we are uncertain of the species.  According to BugGuide:  “38 spp. and sspp. in 4 subgenera in our area.”

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Subject:  Glitter Green Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Miami Florida
Date: 01/23/2019
Time: 10:54 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,  I found this beetle on a carambola(Star fruit) in my back lawn. It was almost transparent with glitters of green.
How you want your letter signed:  Tammy F

Geiger Tortoise Beetle

Dear Tammy,
This is a Tortoise Beetle, a member of the tribe Cassidini of the Leaf Beetle family.  We are confident it is the Geiger Tortoise Beetle,
Physonota calochroma floridensis, which is pictured on BugGuide, and is a subspecies confined to “Florida: from Palm Beach to Key West”.  According to BugGuide:  “live adults are brilliant lime green with a black spot in the middle of the pronotum; dead museum specimens are dull yellow to cream-colored – very different from live animals” and “feeds on the Geiger Tree (Cordia sebestena).”

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Subject:  Possible Leaf Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Santa Elena, Costa Rica
Date: 12/24/2018
Time: 01:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Any help to identify this guy would be most appreciated!  It was photographed in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest 05-15-2018.
How you want your letter signed:  John

Leaf Beetle

Dear John,
We agree that this is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, but we have not been able to substantiate its identity.  The white-tipped antennae are distinctive.

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Subject:  A Golden Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Nashik, Maharashtra, Indian.
Date: 10/30/2018
Time: 11:23 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I find a Golden Beetle having a plastic thin coating around  itself  please tell me about this bug……
How you want your letter signed:  Bug finder

Tortoise Beetle

Dear Bug finder,
This is a Tortoise Beetle in the tribe Cassidini, but we are not certain of the species.  Here is a similar looking Tortoise Beetle, but a different species from India that is pictured on FlickR.

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