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Subject:  What is it
Geographic location of the bug:  NE Florida
Date: 09/02/2021
Time: 02:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this outside
How you want your letter signed:  Atch

Eyed Elater

Dear Atch,
This memorable insect is an Eyed Elater, one of the largest Click Beetles in North America.

Subject:  Bug from Israel
Geographic location of the bug:  Kfar Saba, IL
Date: 08/29/2021
Time: 03:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks in advance

Mango Stem Borer

The Mango Stem Borer was likely to have been introduced to Israel from Sri Lanka in the 1950’s.  It uses figs, mangos and Papayas as host trees.

Subject:  flat black beetle w large jaws
Geographic location of the bug:  Northeastern Washington State, USA
Date: 08/27/2021
Time: 09:23 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Anyone know what this beetle is? Very strange because it is so flat. With the big jaws, I would guess it might be some kind of underbark tree eater, but I’ve never seen one like this and can’t find it in any bug book or online. Invasive species? It is about the size of the tip of my pinkie. Was on the garage door in the backyard. There are various trees around: large ponderosa pines, Chinese elms, crabapple, mock orange bushes, lilacs, wisteria vines, fruit trees, poplar, cottonwood, mountain ash, birch, ash, and maples. Was found in late July. Weather has been record hot in the upper 90s-110 F and very dry and smoky from wildfires. It also had a tiny stowaway on its back (parasite?). Weird.
How you want your letter signed:  Jen Childress

Clown Beetle

Dear Jen,
Thanks so much for including a lateral view so our readership can see how flat a Clown Beetle really is.  We believe your Clown Beetle is in the genus
Hololepta.  Your habitat suspicions are confirmed on BugGuide where it states:  “Members of the nominate subgenus under bark of decaying hardwoods; members of the subgenus Iliotona in rotting vegetation incl. cactus, agave, and palms.”

Clown Beetle

Subject:  Unknown bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Orondo Wa
Date: 08/19/2021
Time: 03:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These guys/gals are all over my yard.
How you want your letter signed:  Gilbert

Ten Lined June Beetle

Dear Gilbert,
This is a Ten Lined June Beetle, a common summer submission from western states.

Subject:  Large horned beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Northwest Georgia
Date: 08/19/2021
Time: 09:10 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This nettle was hanging in the doorway of the sunroom. Actually it was dangling by a leg.
How you want your letter signed:  Rebecca

Giant Stag Beetle

Dear Rebecca,
This impressive and harmless beetle is a Giant Stag Beetle.

Subject:  Need Insect identified
Geographic location of the bug:  Shoreline WA, Boeing Credk Park
Date: 08/18/2021
Time: 06:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Just curious what this might be.  It was on a dead log in Boeing Creek Park in Shoreline
How you want your letter signed:  Lesley Bell

Banded Alder Borer

Dear Lesley,
This gorgeous beetle is a Banded Alder Borer.

Thanks Daniel!  It sure is a striking beetle for sure.  I had never seen one before and am happy to know what kind of beetle it is!