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Subject:  Bug in Indiana
Geographic location of the bug:  Fort Wayne Indiana
Date: 07/30/2018
Time: 02:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Here is the bug on the porch
How you want your letter signed:  Fort Wayne Indiana

False Potato Beetle

Dear Krista,
Thanks for submitting your image after providing several comments on a Ten Lined June Beetle posting.  Interestingly, we had almost this same case of mistaken identity with our good friend Monique who believed she saw a Ten Lined June Beetle in France.  Your beetle is a considerably smaller False Colorado Beetle, which can be distinguished from an actual, related Colorado Potato Beetle, because, according to BugGuide, the former has:  “a brown stripe at the center of each elytron (wing cover) and on the inner edge of each elytron (where they meet down the middle) distinguish this species.”  The Ten Lined June Beetle is longer, wider and considerably heavier than either of the Potato Beetles.

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Subject:  Gold leaf beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Saba, Caribbean Netherlands
Date: 07/30/2018
Time: 10:37 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This lovely was resting on a water hyacinth in my garden. The iPhone pic doesn’t do its color justice – it was a bright metallic gold.  I’m guessing it’s a leaf or a tortoise beetle, but I haven’t been able to find any matches online.  Any ideas?
(Plus, it’s a really cool photo and I wanted to share it.)
How you want your letter signed:  drsunsets

Tortoise Beetle, we believe

Dear dr sunsets,
This is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, and we believe it is a Tortoise Beetle in the tribe Cassidini, but we didn’t read your submission that carefully, and we thought you took this image in The Netherlands, so we did not find any matching images.  We will attempt a new search of Caribbean species.  A quick search turned up no matches.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck.

Wow, thanks so much for your quick reply!

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Subject:  Small Beetle – Highly Decorated
Geographic location of the bug:  Northwest Wisconsin
Date: 06/20/2018
Time: 11:57 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This beautiful beetle landed on me while walking in a mixed, mature forest near an open area that had been clearcut logged a couple years back. It’s gorgeous markings were very metallic and it happily explored my hand for awhile allowing us a great look. Neither my husband nor I had ever seen one before. Well! Wouldn’t ya know it that a week later at a beach on the Southern shore of Lake Superior there was another, though this individual did not seem as brilliant as the first.
Would love to know what it is and thank you very much for this fabulous site which my sister discovered and recommended.
How you want your letter signed:  Critter-Loving Lady

Leaf Beetle: Calligrapha species

Dear Critter-Loving Lady,
This is a Leaf Beetle in the genus
Calligrapha, and there are many similar looking species.  Your individual might be Calligrapha rhoda which is picture on BugGuide where it states:  “host: Corylus (hazel).”

Leaf Beetle: Calligrapha species

Hello Daniel Marlos,
Wow! Your reply is about a zillion times faster than anticipated and very much appreciated. Thank you. Can’t wait to explore the data on this genus as well as peruse your excellent site. Truly a treasure it is.
By the way, it made me extremely happy to see What’s That Bug site posts that it is NOT in support of extermination. I’m working very hard to undo any sneaky, lingering crappy mindsets I have about all insects around me. Learning to appreciate, admire and even love their presence has deeply enriched my day to day experiences, though I still struggle when a group happily gangs up in a forage-fest on something I’m also hoping to eat. A lecture of, “Hey! Let’s share everyone!” has so far been pretty ineffectual.
Have a most wonderful day.
Critter-Loving Lady
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Subject: Beautiful shield (?) bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia
Date: 06/07/2018
Time: 09:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My friend found this beautiful bug on his rain gutter downspout this week. It almost looks like a china pattern…  can you please help us identify it?  I’ve been unable to find any similar pictures online so far. Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Amy

Leaf Beetle

Dear Amy,
This is not a Shield Bug.  It is a Leaf Beetle in the genus
Calligrapha.  We suspect it is the wide ranging and considerably variable Common Willow Calligrapha pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject:  Rare Type of Ladybug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA
Date: 05/28/2018
Time: 09:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this spectacular beetle on Stoney Man Mountain (~3800 ft elevation) in Shenandoah National Park. We thought it might be a rare type of ladybug/ladybird; but we have been unable to find this pattern (with black, red, and shiny gold outlining) in any guide. Can you help us ID this gorgeous beetle?
How you want your letter signed:  Adam & Caleb

Leaf Beetle

Dear Adam & Caleb,
This is not a Lady Beetle.  It is a Leaf Beetle in the genus
Calligrapha, possibly Calligrapha spiraea based on this BugGuide image. 

Thank you!  That looks like the perfect identification!
Best,
Adam

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Subject:  What are these bugs on my artichoke?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern France
Date: 04/29/2018
Time: 09:48 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Our artichoke plants are infested with these strange looking bugs. They are on artichoke plants quite far apart, but no other plants. Looks like some sort of lice (?) with a very strange tail which they use to cover/camouflage their bodies with. They are eating the plants fast and causing quite a lot of damage. Approx 5mm in size.
How you want your letter signed:  Matilde Holloway

Thistle Tortoise Beetle Larva

Dear Matilde,
These look unmistakably like Tortoise Beetle Larvae that carry fecal matter on their back for camouflage.  We did some research and found several French language sites, including Natura Mediterraneo and Agraria that identify these as the larvae of the Tortoise Beetle
Cassida deflorata.

Thistle Tortoise Beetle Larvae

Thank you so much, that makes perfect sense, when we first saw them we thought they were droppings. Upon further research it appears they are
Thistle Tortoise Beetle Larvae  which makes sense given that they were on the artichokes only.
Thanks again
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