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Subject:  Black beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Southwest New Mexico
Date: 09/21/2021
Time: 11:03 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found these insects while hiking in the Gila National Forest, Saddle Rock Canyon; 10 miles NW of Silver City. There were hundreds of them on the desert willows – many were mating on the trees. I apologize for the fuzzy image. I hope it’s clear enough for an identification.
How you want your letter signed:  Karen Nakakihara

Black Blister Beetle

Dear Karen,
This is a Black Blister Beetle,
Epicauta pensylvanica, and like many Blister Beetles, they appear seasonally in great numbers for a short period of time each year, with some years seeing far greater numbers.  According to BugGuide:  “Associated with Asteraceae, such as goldenrods and asters. May damage crops, such as beets, potatoes, tomatoes.”  The Black Blister Beetle is pictured on the New Mexico State University website.

Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Arizona
Date: 09/20/2021
Time: 11:16 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug can you help?
How you want your letter signed:  Mr.Shannon Meehl

Longicorn: Megacyllene antennata

Dear Mr. Shannon Meehl,
We recieved an image of this species of Longicorn back in 2016 and Eric Eaton helped us identify it as
Megacyllene antennata. According to BugGuide it feeds on “mesquite (and catclaw?).”  We cannot say for certain why it was attracted to a Cannabis plant, but we will be sure to tag it to include it with other insects found on marijuana.

Subject:  What is this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  SE Kansas
Date: 09/10/2021
Time: 04:32 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have been bitten by something that has turned to serious outcome. These bugs were all over my marigolds and I got my hands in there and shook them out the same day I acquired a bite.  They returned the next day so I took a pic.
How you want your letter signed:  Jackie N

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Dear Jackie,
The angle of your image is not ideal for identification purposes, but we believe this is a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle.

OK.  There were also goldenrods but this bug was different from them.  I sure do appreciate you answering my inquiry.  It’s crazy but it’s a rarity that people do that anymore.  Thank you much.
Jackie

Subject:  Insect ID Please
Geographic location of the bug:  Shepherdsville, Kentucky
Date: 09/11/2021
Time: 07:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This insect was seen on 9/11/21 in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. Can you tell me what it is, please? Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Bugman

Railroad Worm

We never tire of posting good images of Railroad Worms or Glowworms.  Glowworms are bioluminescent.

Subject:  Longhorn what?
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Shore, Nova Scotia Canada
Date: 09/13/2021
Time: 09:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Was on my deck, snapped a photo. Unsure what kind of longhorned beetle this is.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Scott

Balsam Fir Sawyer

Dear Scott,
Based on this image from BugGuide, we are pretty certain this is a Balsam Fir Sawyer,
Monochamus marmorator.  In researching this identification, we discovered a misidentified Longicorn on our site that we originally identified as a Balsam Fir Sawyer.

Subject:  Weird bug on sunflower
Geographic location of the bug:  Bay Shore, New York
Date: 09/04/2021
Time: 04:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:   Saw this yesterday on my sunflower.
How you want your letter signed:  Jimmy R.

Locust Borer

Dear Jimmy,
The Locust Borer is a Beetle but it is a very effective mimic of a Yellow Jacket, a stinging Wasp.  We often get images of Locust Borers near the end of summer and they are especially fond of goldenrod.