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Subject:  Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Logan County, KY
Date: 07/10/2020
Time: 07:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Interesting beetle on a passionflower leaf around 9:30 am
How you want your letter signed:  Cindy Gupton

Banded Netwinged Beetle

Dear Cindy,
We are impressed that you identified this Banded Net-Winged Beetle as a Beetle because it is frequently mistaken for a moth.

 

 

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Subject:  Bug found on inca trail
Geographic location of the bug:  Valle sagrado, Peru
Date: 02/06/2020
Time: 05:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey bug man! Found this interesting looking creature walking across the path! It has some pretty cool Armour!
How you want your letter signed:  Matt

Firefly (or Net-Winged Beetle) Larva

Dear Matt,
This is a Beetle Larva in one of two families.  Our first choice is a Firefly Larva in the family Lampyridae, but we would not discount that it might be a Net-Winged Beetle Larva in the family Lycidae.  Larvae from the two families are difficult to differentiate from one another.

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Subject:  ID of a red bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Pt Reyes National Seashore, Marin Co., California
Date: 02/23/2019
Time: 03:31 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found 3 of these hanging out on Douglas Fir limbs on a very chilly day recently (02/19/2019).  They reminded us a little of fireflies in the manner in which they opened their wings, but we thought that they couldn’t be. They have such strange shaped heads with what seems like very ornamental head gear.
How you want your letter signed:  Eliezer Margolis and Sunny Balsam

Net-Winged Beetle

Dear Eliezer and Sunny,
This is a Net-Winged Beetle, Dictyopterus simplicipes, which we identified on BugGuide, and you were astute to recognize the similarity to Fireflies as the two families are closely related.

Net-Winged Beetle

Thank you again for all your results it defiantly looks like the same as my photo. If the picture I sent you is any good to you feel free to use it how you want. Thanks again for your help.
Malcolm.
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Subject:  Is this a black-headed cardinal beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Virginia, USA
Date: 03/19/2018
Time: 02:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! I saw this tiny beetle on a fence post the other day, and tried to identify it. It looks like a black-headed cardinal beetle, but they only seem to be found in the UK. I couldn’t find it in the Virginia bug guides. Thanks in advance!
How you want your letter signed:  Nina Eagle

Red Net-Winged Beetle

Dear Nina,
This is
Dictyoptera aurora which is pictured on BugGuide and commonly called a Golden Net-Winged Beetle or Red Net-Winged Beetle.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is “coniferous/mixed forests, in decaying logs; adults on and under bark of decaying stumps and on tree trunks; also on flowers.”

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Subject:  Rust to reddish beetle type bug with black head and antenna.
Geographic location of the bug:  Virginia Beach, VA
Your letter to the bugman:  Today,  February 25, 2018, this small bug was on my husband’s arm in the car.  We pulled over and put him out by our house along the woods.  I took a few pictures first.  Thanks so much.
How you want your letter signed:  PamS

Red Net-Winged Beetle

Dear PamS,
This is a Red Net-Winged Beetle or Golden Net-Winged Beetle,
Dictyoptera aurora, and according to BugGuide, the habitat is:  “coniferous/mixed forests, in decaying logs; adults on and under bark of decaying stumps and on tree trunks; also on flowers.”

Red Net-Winged Beetle

You totally rock!  Thanks so much!  I use your on-line resource so often and really appreciate all you do!!! This one really had me stumped, lol.  I save every bug and feed ALL animals, lol.  I always take a picture before I rescue these small and sometimes larger miracles!  Sometime you should write a book and I would buy it in a second!!!  I still love having a hard copy….  You truly are experts!!! Sincerely, PamS

Thank you PamS.  Daniel did write The Curious World of Bugs.

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Subject:  Back and yellow bug
Geographic location of the bug:  South Africa
Date: 01/10/2018
Time: 02:36 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
What bug is this, it is currently summer here and it is everywhere on my plants.  But does not seem to eat the plants though..
How you want your letter signed:  Hanri

Net-Winged Beetle

Dear Hanri,
This is a Net-Winged Beetle in the family Lycidae, and though it resembles the individuals pictured on Biodiversity Explorer, it is definitely a different species.  According to Biodiversity Explorer:  “Adults are active by day and occur on various plants and grasses and also feed on nectar. The larvae live in decaying wood and possibly feed on fungi. The orange and black colouration is mimicked by various insects as these animals contain cantharadin and are distasteful to birds and other predators.”  Your individual looks exactly like the Hook Winged Net Winged Beetle,
Lycus melanurus, pictured on Blue Gnu, a species also pictured on iNaturalist.

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