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Subject:  Curious bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  South Africa, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Asbhurton
Date: 10/09/2018
Time: 01:55 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there. We have lived in Ashburton for almost two years and in that time have only ever seen one of the two bugs. We have never seen them before in our lives and no one knows what they are. They are both about 5-6cm in length and both have hard exterior. there are two pictures of the one and one of the other.
Do you know what they are?
How you want your letter signed:  Amy Peacock

Ship Timber Beetle

Dear Amy,
One of your beetles is a Ship Timber Beetle.  According to Beetles in the Bush:  “Placed in the family Lymexylidae (ship-timber beetles), species in this genus look less like beetles than they do large flying ants or strange damselflies due to their highly reduced elytra that expose their greatly elongated abdomen and leave the hind wings uncovered.  The hind wings also are unusual in that they are held fan-like in repose rather than folded as in most other beetles. 
Atractocerus brevicornis is the only species in the genus found in Africa (Scholtz & Holm 1985).” Your other beetle is a Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae.

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Subject:  Electric Green Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Cozumel Mexico
Date: 10/02/2018
Time: 10:38 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey guys!
I found this little guy (he’s one inch long from his face to his back end) on the sidewalk and was wondering what he is exactly.
I’ve never seen one so vibrant in person before.
How you want your letter signed:  Aaron Edgar

Unknown Scarab Beetle

Dear Aaron,
We have been trying intermittently, to identify your green Scarab Beetle for days, but the best we can do at this time is provide you with the family Scarabaeidae.  Though it superficially resembles the Green Fruit Beetle or Figeater, we do not believe your individual is in the same genus,
Cotinis.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Unknown Scarab Beetle

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Subject:  What is it?
Geographic location of the bug:  Granada Hills (Los Angeles) CA
Date: 10/03/2018
Time: 02:22 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Would like to know what this bug is and should I worry?
How you want your letter signed:  Helaine

Unknown Longhorned Borer Beetle

Dear Helaine,
This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, and it looks like the same species Daniel frequently sees at the porch light, but he has not yet identified the species.  Now that your request has arrived, Daniel will spend more time researching its identity.  Based on this BugGuide image, it might be
Paranoplium gracile.  The images of the species on Cerambycidae Catalog appear very different, and look much smaller than the species Daniel has seen.  The species Daniel has seen looks more like Haplidus testaceus which is also pictured on BugGuide.  It is also pictured on Cerambycidae Catalog.

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Subject:  Clavate Tortoise Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Andover, NJ
Date: 09/26/2018
Time: 06:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Daniel,
Just wanted to share a photo from today of a beetle I almost never see – a Clavate Tortoise Beetle.  I found this one trapped in the web of a cross orb-weaver, so quickly extricated it and pulled off the web strands.  (Usually, I don’t interfere, but I couldn’t bear to let this one become dinner).  This is only the third time I’ve seen one of these elusive little beetles.  A short while later, he took off.
How you want your letter signed :  Deborah Bifulco

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Dear Deborah,
Thanks so much for sending in your image of a Clavate Tortoise Beetle.  As always, your detailed images are a wonderful resource for our readers who are trying to identify insects they find.

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Subject:  Large Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Chennai India
Date: 09/25/2018
Time: 04:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Burpidae???  Friend sighted on a tree in Marina Beach area of Tamil Nadu India on Sept 1, 2018
How you want your letter signed:  Ranger Bert

Jewel Beetle

Dear Ranger Bert,
We believe you have misspelled the family in question.  This is a Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and we wish there was a dorsal view that clearly shows the elytra.  The first matching image we located was on Shutterstock where it is identified as “possibly
Sternocera nitens or S. Brahmina [sic].”  We found a different image on Alamy with an identical identification, but alas, no other verifiable images in our quick search.  Mounted specimens are pictured on Coleopsoc.

Jewel Beetle

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Subject:  What kind of beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Nova Scotia , Canada
Date: 09/19/2018
Time: 09:21 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My dad snapped a pic if a beetle. I’m trying to figure out the name of it.
How you want your letter signed:  Scott

Sugar Maple Borer

Dear Scott,
This beautiful beetle is a Sugar Maple Borer and they are not very common.

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