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Subject: Identify this bug
Location: DC
July 3, 2017 12:59 pm
I usually see this bugs in the summer. I live in Washington DC
Signature: Now

Flat Wireworm

Dear Now,
We believe we have correctly identified your Click Beetle as a Flat Wireworm,
Aeolus mellillus, thanks to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide, it is found “across NA.”

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Subject: Please identify this huge bug
Location: Austin Texas
July 3, 2017 4:40 pm
Hey man –
Hope you are well!
This is the third of these huge beetles I’ve found in the last few months. The first one was a couple of months ago, and it was dead. The next one was a couple of weeks ago and i put him outside after finding him in my house. Then this one I saw last night outside my front door.
What is this? It’s huge, maybe 2 inches long (I didn’t have a ruler and am a poor judge of size, so take that with a grain of salt). It showed up in late June in Austin Texas.
It kind of looks like another bug I found on your site, but I’m not sure.
Thanks man!
Signature: John

Hardwood Stump Borer

Dear John,
This Hardwood Stump Borer,
Mallodon dasystomus, which we identified on BugGuide, is an impressive creature.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae bore in live heartwood of trees, incl. oak, elm, willow, pecan, maple, sycamore, etc.”

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Subject: Giant beetle
Location: Troy, VA
July 3, 2017 12:44 pm
I hope this goes through. As I said in my other message, this was a big beetle, about 1″ x 2″. I don’t think it is a Hercules beetle, it seems to me the shape and markings are all wrong.
Thanks for the info on the insect eggs. I immediately went and looked for a photo of a tiger moth, and it’s lovely. I haven’t seen one, but I’ll keep on the look out.
Would you be interested in a photo of the wonderfully named, green marvel moth?
thanks for all you do.
Signature: Grace Pedalino

Female Eastern Hercules Beetle

Dear Grace,
There is quite a bit of color and marking variation in the Eastern Hercules Beetle.  Your image is of a female and you should be able to spot the similarities with this individual posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: white oak borer with eggs
Location: Troy, VA
July 3, 2017 11:32 am
I took this photo and when I looked more closely I discovered there were eggs in the picture. I don’t know if the eggs are from the beetle or the other bugs that were nearby. I believe this to be a white oak borer.
(I just sent another image and should have mentioned that I don’t think the giant beetle in the photo is a hercules beetle. I hope you have time to take a look at it.)
thanks again
Signature: Grace Pedalino

White Oak Borer

Dear Grace,
Thanks for sending in your image of a White Oak Borer.  We do not believe the eggs belong to the Borer.  We believe the eggs are Tiger Moth Eggs.

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Subject: Triceratops Beetle?
Location: Western Virginia
July 2, 2017 6:31 pm
Hi guys,
This beetle was on the front walk this evening. I think it is a Triceratops Beetle, but I am not sure.
What do you think?
John O’Neil
Signature: John

Hermit Beetle

Dear John,
This is not a Triceratops Beetle.  It is a Hermit Beetle,
Osmoderma eremicola, based on images posted to BugGuide.  Did you detect the smell of leather when observing it.  According to BugGuide, it is also called Odor of Leather Beetle:  “for strong odor of ‘Russian Leather'”.

Hermit Beetle

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for the identification.  I did not detect a leather odor, but that may be because there was a lingering skunk odor from the previous night.

Odor of Leather Beetle

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Subject: Eastern Hercules in Northern VA
Location: Falls Church, VA
July 2, 2017 9:57 pm
I live in Northern Virginia (Falls Church) and until yesterday had never seen an Eastern Hercules beetle. In 4 separate trips to my car over the last 36 hours, I have found 4 dead ones (1 female, 3 male). I’d be lying if I say it doesn’t concern me that they seem to be dropping out of the tree I park underneath…what could be killing them? (The townhouse community I live in does not spray pesticides to my knowledge) Is it normal for E. Hercules to die around the same time? Again, I’ve lived here for 12 years and have never seen an E. Hercules until now…why all of a sudden? They sure are cool, though! Hope I can see a live one soon!
Signature: Dave

Pair of Eastern Hercules Beetles (male on left)

Dear Dave,
It is disconcerting to hear about your dead Eastern Hercules Beetles.  We would expect that adults should live about six weeks, and July is the month with most sightings on BugGuide, so we are guessing the deaths you have encountered are probably premature.  Populations of different insects do vary over time, which might explain why you have never encountered Eastern Hercules Beetles previously.

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