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Subject: Brazilian weevil
Location: Brazil
January 13, 2017 3:43 pm
Greetings, I found this weevil in a batch of unidentified specimens collected back in the 1970’s and deposited in the North Dakota State University insect collection. I don’t even have a clue where this fits taxonomically in the weevils….any help would be greatly appreciated
Signature: Guy A. Hanley


Dear Guy,
This Weevil looks very familiar to us, yet we have not had any luck searching the internet.  We are posting your image and perhaps one of our readers, Cesar Crash perhaps, may be able to provide some assistance.

Hello Daniel and Guy:

This is a very interesting looking weevil. Try checking out Odontopus sp.  Regards, Karl

Thanks Karl.  The images on Entomofauna Guyane look like a match to us.

A Facebook Comment from Tina:
I am thinking possibly in the genus Odontopus… A few links to other specimens in the genus that are similar, however I couldn’t find an exact match.


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Subject: Beetle with some tag-alongs in Bay Area California
Location: Palo Alto, California
January 12, 2017 5:54 pm
I stumbled on this site while trying to identify a beetle that wandered into our apartment a few days ago on a cold, rainy evening. It’s black and shiny, and at first I thought it had some moss on its back, so I put it in a jar to look at it closer and show my 2-year-old son who loves bugs and beetles. The next morning I discovered all of the little brown dots were not moss, and were indeed animals which were crawling all over the beetle! I put a leaf in which seems to be satisfying both the beetle and the tag-alongs (aphids?).
Needless to say, I’m curious what beetle this is and why it’d be carrying around dozens of smaller bugs.
Signature: Beetle Dad

Burying Beetle with Phoretic Mites

Dear Beetle Dad,
This is a Burying Beetle or Sexton Beetle in the genus
Nicrophorus.  Most Burying Beetles are black with orange markings, so we believe your all black individual is the Black Burying Beetle, Nicrophorus nigrita based on images posted to BugGuide where the range is listed as”Pacific US states & so. BC.”  The small creatures are Phoretic Mites which use the more mobile Burying Beetle for transportation. 

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Subject: Los Cabo’s Mexico bug
Location: Los Cabos, Mexico
January 11, 2017 11:31 pm
Hi- we are visiting a Cabo resort on the water in January 2017. Returned to our hotel room to find a new companion on our wall. Quite beautiful and impressively large, the length of its body alone is about the diameter of a half dollar coin. Took the photo attached. It reminds of shield bugs we used to see in the midwestern US. We are assuming it is harmless and are allowing it to enjoy its spot on the wall. Are we correct to assume we have no reason to be concerned about its being nearby? We would love to know its proper identification. Thanks so much.
Signature: Pat and David RWC CA


Dear Pat and David,
This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae.  Members of this family are not considered dangerous, but they do have powerful mandibles and they might deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.  We have a posting in our archives, also from Baja, that appears to be the same species, and we tentatively identified it as
Acanthoderes giesberti.  We will contact Arthur Evans, a beetle specialist, to see if he can provide a species identification.

Ed Note:  Arthur Evans referred our question to Steve Lingafelter who provided the following identification.  Here is the BugGuide page on the genus Lagocheirus.

Hi all,
This is Lagocheirus sp. (probably araneiformis ypsilon).

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Subject: Beautiful Beatle from South Africa
Location: White River, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
January 11, 2017 7:34 am
Hi there!
I came accross a beautiful bug in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa in the Lowveld. It is quite large and has a velvety feel over the wings with three orange and three white spots on each wing. It also has a snout that protrudes from its face. I found it close to the Lichi tree at my office in December which was bearing fruit. Do you maybe from the photograph attached know what type of beetle this is?
Signature: Regards, Pava

Orange Spotted Fruit Chafer

Dear Pava,
We confirmed the identification of this Orange Spotted Fruit Chafer,
Mecynorrhina passerinii, thanks to this image posted to iSpot.  According to iNaturalist:  “These beetles feed on sap of the Bridelia micrantha” and “This species can be found in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.”  The “horn” on your individual indicates it is a male.  We have an image of a female Orange Spotted Fruit Chafer in our archives.

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Subject: Stink bug from South Africa?
Location: KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
January 10, 2017 10:03 am
Hi there! This chappy was found on the Indian ocean coast of South Africa – do you know if this is a type of stink bug? Thank you for all the wonderful work you do!
Signature: Cat from South Africa

Zig-Zag Fruit Chafer

Dear Cat,
This is NOT a Stink Bug.  It is a Scarab Beetle, and more specifically, we identified it as a Zig-Zag Fruit Chafer,
Anisorrhina flavomaculata, thanks to BioDiversity Explorer.  The species is also well represented on iSpot.

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Subject: It looks like a tiny bee
Location: Daniels, WV, 37.7432° N, 81.1229° W
January 9, 2017 11:01 am
I see these guys seasonally. Normally when the weather turns cold. They look like small bees. They have wings but they are well hidden and I normally see them scurrying around damp locations. Bathroom. Pet water bowl etc. I have no idea what it is. Do you?
Signature: Rob Thompson

Larder Beetle

Dear Rob,
This Larder Beetle,
Dermestes lardarius, is a common household pest that feeds on stored food products.  Check the pantry to see if you can locate larvae infesting dried foods.  They will also infest dried hides and animal products.

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