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Subject:  Lion Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Lake Blanca Washington State
Date: 07/26/2021
Time: 04:42 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw that you were looking for photos of this as I was trying to identify it.
How you want your letter signed:  Jason

Lion Beetle

Dear Jason,
Thanks for taking the time to submit your image of a Lion Beetle,
Ulochaetes leoninus, a Longhorned Borer Beetle that is an excellent Bee impersonator.

Subject:  Large green bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Stretham near Ely
Date: 07/23/2021
Time: 07:49 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This large green flying bug landed on me yesterday. Its body was 30-35mm long and it had long curved antenna which do not show up too well on the photo.  Searched on Google to no avail. Could you please identify for me? Any info much appreciated
How you want your letter signed:  John

Musk Beetle

Dear John,
This Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae is commonly called a Musk Beetle, because according to Eakring Birds:  “This is a huge beetle, probably the largest species found in Nottinghamshire. It’s large size struck us when we found this adult on a Sallow trunk in Gamston Wood near Retford in July 2010 and more recently in June 2011 (top two photographs). On the day, we also saw a second beetle alight near the top of another Sallow in the adjacent Eaton Wood. These are believed to be the first site records, but this is a scarce beetle in Nottinghamshire anyway, and it’s stronghold may possibly be along the Trent and Idle Valleys. Named after it’s ability to produce a pleasant smell, Aromia moschata is a beetle that can also produce an audible sound when handled.”   The species is also pictured on FlickR.

Dear Daniel
Thanks for your speedy reply! I did not realise we had such a bug in the UK quite an eye opener! I have bought your book on Kindle so hope this will help me with future identifications. Good hunting!
Best regards
Dear John,
The Curious World of Bugs is not an identification guide, but rather a pop culture introduction to the wonderful world of things that crawl.  I hope you find it entertaining.

Subject:  longhorn beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  southern indiana
Date: 07/11/2021
Time: 12:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this out my back door on my porch.  Think that it is a longhorn beetle but apparently there are 26000 varieties.
Wondered what variety it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Pat

Six Banded Longhorn

Dear Pat,
We can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to browse through 26,000 species of Cerambycids to learn the identity of your endangered Six Banded Longhorn,
Dryobius sexnotatus.  Daniel posted an image yesterday of an individual in Oklahoma that was also submitted on July 11.

Subject:  Is this a six-banded longhorn beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Harrison, OH
Date: 07/11/2021
Time: 11:26 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This was in our house and I think I found it to be a six-banded longhorn beetle. Are they endangered?
How you want your letter signed:  Joy McCombs

Six Banded Longhorn

Dear Joy,
This is indeed a Six Banded Longhorn,
Dryobius sexnotatus, and BugGuide has reports from Oklahoma.  According to BugGuide:  “Uncommon/rare; widely scattered, populations are sparse; listed as rare or threatened by several states, e.g. considered a SGCN by AR, LA, and VA
Dury (1902) noted that D. sexnotatus was once abundant but was even then becoming rare.
Perry et al. (1974) noted a sharp decline in the collection since 1942.

Subject:  What is this? (flying beetle?)
Geographic location of the bug:  Nashville, Tennessee
Date: 07/10/2021
Time: 07:53 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  Keep seeing about 5 or more of these things on my porch every night. Never seen them before. In one of the photos you can see in next to the door bell for size reference. It’s quite large.
How you want your letter signed:  Max

Male Tile Horned Prionus

Dear Max,
The male Tile Horned Prionus, which is pictured on BugGuide,
Prionus imbricornis, is one impressive beetle.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae feed in living roots, primarily oak and chestnut, but also grape, pear, and corn.”  BugGuide also includes this reader observation:  “On mid-summer nights, these hit lighted windows so hard at my house in Durham, North Carolina, that I fear the glass will break. Seems that mostly males come to lights.”

Subject:  BBB – Big Black Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Upper part of South Carolina
Date: 06/28/2021
Time: 12:09 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug on my back porch at night under a light. Had some scary looking chompers. Can you identify?
How you want your letter signed:  Anthony Kozakiewicz

Hardwood Stump Borer

Dear Anthony,
We feel confident that this is a Hardwood Stump Borer,
Mallodon dasystomus, which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to Beetles of Eastern North America by Arthur V. Evans:  “Mandibles nearly horizontal” while of the similar looking Live Oak Root Borer, Archodontes melanoplus, the author writes:  “Mandibles nearly vertical.”

Hardwood Stump Borer