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Subject:  What’s this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  West Virginia
Date: 11/10/2018
Time: 10:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this in our cabin in Middlebourne West Virginia
How you want your letter signed:  Jenny

Larder Beetle

Dear Jenny,
This is a Larder Beetle, a common household pest that infests stored foods.  Check the pantry for the site of the infestation.

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Subject:  Really weird and really scared
Geographic location of the bug:  sherman, texas
Date: 11/07/2018
Time: 08:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This thing landed on my arm in my office and i have no idea what it is. I didn’t feel any bite, all I felt was it land on my arm, and i brushed it off immediately. I just need it identified to know if I’m in danger of a parasite, infection, virus or otherwise transmittable illness. It has what I can only assume to be some form of proboscis and an empty white container on its “abdomen” with a grey/black and brown color and a somewhat fuzzy appearance. It also had a triangle-like shape when viewed top down.
How you want your letter signed:  Gerald

Acorn Weevil

Dear Gerald,
This appears to be a very dead Acorn Weevil or Nut Weevil.  You need not fear “danger of a parasite, infection, virus or otherwise transmittable illness” from a harmless Acorn Weevil.

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Subject:  Desperate for help to I’d bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  Croydon under my bed
Date: 11/02/2018
Time: 09:19 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear bug man I have some plastic boxes under my bed and found these two small bugs under there. I thought both were dead but then one started walking. Opposite my house they cut a large tree down yesterday but it was probably there already. I panicking there bed bugs but I hope it’s not a bug that causes infestation but if it is I need to I’d and sort it.
How you want your letter signed:  Wendy

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Wendy,
This is a Carpet Beetle Larva, a common household pest.

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Subject:  A Golden Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Nashik, Maharashtra, Indian.
Date: 10/30/2018
Time: 11:23 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I find a Golden Beetle having a plastic thin coating around  itself  please tell me about this bug……
How you want your letter signed:  Bug finder

Tortoise Beetle

Dear Bug finder,
This is a Tortoise Beetle in the tribe Cassidini, but we are not certain of the species.  Here is a similar looking Tortoise Beetle, but a different species from India that is pictured on FlickR.

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Subject:  Black bug with stripe
Geographic location of the bug:  Table Mountain, South Africa
Date: 10/20/2018
Time: 04:42 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello all,
I came across this bug while climbing table mountain in south africa. Does anyone know what it is?
Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Joe

Tok-Tokkie

Dear Joe,
This looks like one of the South African Darkling Beetles in the genus
 Psammodes known as Tok-Tokkies, but the stripe is something we have not seen, so we will attempt a species identification for you.

Update:  October 29, 2018
Thanks to a comment from Emily, we now realize the stripe is actually a blurry blade of grass.

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Subject:  Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  San diego
Date: 10/15/2018
Time: 05:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
A month or two ago these beetles were flying all over the place . Now they are mostly gone but I found this little guy the other day. I’m wondering what he is? I’m guessing fig eater or green June bug but I’m don’t know which and I’d like to know. Is it possible he’s different from the ones that were all over the place a few months ago? I’m trying to draw one and I’d like to label it correctly.  Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Natalie

Figeater

Dear Natalie,
Figeater and Green June Beetle are both acceptable common names for
Cotinis nitida, according to BugGuide.  Since common names are often regional, and might differ from place to place, and since the same common name might be used for different species, your most accurate label would be to use the scientific name.

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