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Subject:  what’s this insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  West Coast South Africa
Date: 08/13/2019
Time: 09:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  So I found this insect outside my home, I’ve never seen anything like it. I hope you can let me know what type of insect it is so I can do more research about it. Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  L.S.

Brush Jewel Beetle

Dear L.S.,
This is a Jewel Beetle in the genus
Julodis, and we believe it is the Brush Jewel Beetle, Julodis hirsuta subsp. hirsuta.  The species is pictured on iNaturalist, but there is no information about the beetle.  Many species in the genus are pictured on Virtual Beetle, and we would not entirely rule out that your individual might be Julodis cirrosa or Julodis mira syn. sulcicollis

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Subject:  probably cicadomorpha
Geographic location of the bug:  Phoenix, Arizona.
Date: 08/13/2019
Time: 07:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug in the evening on a dead tree while grilling, it was origanoly above the stick but when I moved my camera closer to it it moved below. The next day I looked on the tree and I did not find it on the branch that it was sitting on before or any of those around it. I searched for it on google for at least an hour but found nothing quite like it.
How you want your letter signed:  christopher walker

Jewel Beetle: Acmaeodera gibbula

Dear Christopher,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and upon researching its identity, we found this similar looking individual identified as 
Acmaeodera rubronotata on Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, but the red markings are different as are the white spotting pattern.  We suspected the genus was correct, but not the species.  We browsed BugGuide, but we still could not identify the species and we were daunted by the information “144 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area.”  We believe we correctly identified your beetle as Acmaeodera gibbula thanks to Arizona Naturalists.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae mostly host on various legumes.”

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Subject:  Glittery Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Little Cottonwood Canyon Utah
Date: 07/24/2019
Time: 10:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This beetle shimmered like glitter in the sunlight. We saw it at Tanners Flat campground in July.
How you want your letter signed:  Tyson Cramer

Golden Buprestid

Dear Tyson,
Your beautiful beetle is one of the Metallic Borer Beetles in the family Buprestidae.  It is a Golden Buprestid,
Buprestis aurulenta, and here is a BugGuide image for corroboration.  We have a letter in our archives regarding a Golden Buprestid that emerged from an eight year old cutting board.

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Subject:  Large beetle in W. Montana
Geographic location of the bug:  Outside Missoula, MT
Date: 06/03/2019
Time: 12:55 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’m very sorry to have to send you a “carnage” picture as my first submission but am very curious what kind of insect this is. It was stepped on by someone ahead of us on the trail in early June and is nearly two inches in length.
How you want your letter signed:  Dylan

Western Sculptured Pine Borer

Dear Dylan,
We much prefer images of living Western Sculptured Pine Borers than crushed ones.  We are always amazed that people who claim to enjoy outdoor activities can have so little regard for life.  Here is a BugGuide posting for reference.

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Subject:  Beetle or Fly
Geographic location of the bug:  Mcminnville,Oregon
Date: 05/18/2019
Time: 03:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Our family came across this bug, it was resting on new grounds trail post,near our local woods. We have searched for identical bugs. Nothing has came close to identification. This particular bug did not mind movement or noise as it stayed silent amd still on the fresh wooden post! Maybe a wood beetle? Since the trail post were fresh built, or imported bug on wood the carpenders gathered to build post?! Very interesting.
How you want your letter signed:  To the rasmussen boys

Western Sculptured Pine Borer

Dear Rasmussen Boys,
This looks like a Western Sculptured Pine Borer,
Chalcophora angulicollis, to us.  According to BugGuide:  “Dark brown to black, sculptures on upper side, irridescent bronze luster, especially on underside. Fly noisily when alarmed. The only western species in the genus.

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Subject:  Large Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Chennai India
Date: 09/25/2018
Time: 04:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Burpidae???  Friend sighted on a tree in Marina Beach area of Tamil Nadu India on Sept 1, 2018
How you want your letter signed:  Ranger Bert

Jewel Beetle

Dear Ranger Bert,
We believe you have misspelled the family in question.  This is a Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and we wish there was a dorsal view that clearly shows the elytra.  The first matching image we located was on Shutterstock where it is identified as “possibly
Sternocera nitens or S. Brahmina [sic].”  We found a different image on Alamy with an identical identification, but alas, no other verifiable images in our quick search.  Mounted specimens are pictured on Coleopsoc.

Jewel Beetle

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