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Subject: Larvae in oaks
Location: Europe
July 7, 2017 5:16 am
This larva I found under the bark of an oak. If you could help me to identify! I think it’s a buprestidae member.
Signature: Charlie

Flathead Borer

Dear Charlie,
This is indeed a Flathead Borer, the larva of a Beetle in the family Buprestidae, but alas, we are not going to be able to provide you with a species identification.  It might be the European Oak Borer,
Agrilus sulcicollis, which is pictured here and is the subject of a technical paper on

Dear Daniel, thanks for your rapid answer. I will investigate from there, even I hope to help the larva to raise an adult and make a proper id.
Best regards,

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Subject: Large green beetle?
Location: Southwest Virginia
July 7, 2017 8:45 am
I’m back with another beautiful creature. I believe this is the large green beetle. And I thought you would enjoy the pictures. Thanks again for what you do.
Signature: neanderpaul

Female Eastern Hercules Beetle

Dear Neanderpaul,
Thanks for your kind words.  This impressive creature is a female Eastern Hercules Beetle.  The larger, horned male Eastern Hercules Beetle is the heaviest North American beetle.

Female Eastern Hercules Beetle

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Subject: Large Italian mystery beetle
Location: Lucignana, Tuscany, Italy
July 6, 2017 3:45 pm
Hi Dr Bugman,
Please could you help me identify my mystery beetle? We found it in the Tuscan countryside just north of Lucca. It was very dead already with the entire thorax eaten by ants, so we brought it home and framed it. As you do. However I’ve googled the crap out of it and can’t find anything like it. It would be really great to give it a name. It is about 40mm long and when found had its wings half out. They were the usual translucent grey of most beetles. It has no hairs protruding off the carapace but it may have had antennae before the ants got to it.
Thanks for your help!
Kind regards,
Signature: Beth

Pine Chafer

Dear Beth,
This impressive Scarab Beetle is a Pine Chafer,
Polyphylla fullo, a species found in much of Europe.  Alamy has some beautiful images of Pine Chafers, and the species has even appeared on a postage stamp in Czechoslovakia that is pictured on the Colnect site.  Males Pine Chafers have very impressive antennae.

PIne Chafer

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Subject: This little beauty made my day
Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
July 6, 2017 4:52 am
Dear bugman,
I think this is a pollen beetle but since it’s too small, I cannot find a correct match. What do you think this is?
Signature: Gautam dikshit

Soft Winged Flower Beetle, we believe

Dear Gautam,
Sometimes when dealing with sightings from countries that do not have an extensive online database of insects, it is difficult to make an exact identification.  India does not tend to have many sources for online identification, but based on your Beetle’s similarity to North American Soft-Winged Flower Beetles in the family Melyridae, which is well represented on BugGuide, we believe that we have narrowed down the family.

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Subject: Please identify my bug
Location: Lebanon
July 6, 2017 1:41 am
Hello , I came across this insect in lebanon in the Middle East/Mediterranean. Location miziara about 800 meters above sea level. Can you help identify it.
Signature: Interesting bugs


This is a Weevil, but we have not had any luck determining the species.  Your Weevil does look similar to one posted on the Praying Mantis World blog that seems to originate in Bulgaria.  We tried additional searching and we believe your Weevil resembles the Rhubarb Weevil, Lixus concavus, that is pictured on Alamy, but that image was taken in New York.

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Subject: Mother of all beetles?
Location: Staten island, ny
July 5, 2017 1:36 pm
This unknown bug was in my pool and I have never seen anything of this sorts by my house.
Signature: Vanessa Castris

Grapevine Beetle

Dear Vanessa,
The largest beetle in your image is a Grapevine Beetle, and the other beetles are smaller Scarab Beetles, probably May Beetles.

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