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Subject: aussietrev tiny longicorn
Location: Queensland, Australia
February 3, 2014 9:17 pm
Hi guys,
Just came across this tiny guy, around 5/16″, while taking photos of a strange object (that I will send in another enquiry) on my cucumber vine. This guy was perched on a passionfruit leaf and it seems he might have been looking for a girlfriend. I think it is probably the Small Acacia Longicorn or a close relative, this guy seems to have much hairier antennae than those pictured on Brisbane Insects site.
http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_longicorns/SmallAcaciaLongicorn.htm
Signature: aussietrev

Longicorn

Small Acacia Longicorn

Hi Trevor,
The markings on the elytra or wing covers of your individual are not as pronounced as either of the Small Acacia Longicorn species in the genus
Ancita in the tribe Ancitini that are pictured on the Brisbane Insect Website.  We wonder if you have yet a different species in the same genus, or perhaps in an entirely different genus.  It has long been the bane of the taxonomist that there is so much variation within some species that it is quite common to have different individuals from different locations identified as different species.  Sadly, we do not have the entomological skills necessary to make an exact species identification here.  According to BushCraftOz there is  “some variation.”  There are also some photos on Insects of Tasmania.

Small Acacia Longicorn

Small Acacia Longicorn

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Subject: Blue Bug
Location: Not sure
January 30, 2014 1:13 am
Hi there,
We import a dry dog food from Midwest US and with the last few containers we had a blue bug in the container. The container is transported via the Panama Canal from Pennsylvania – we wonder if it could have some from there.
I am sorry but my photos are not that good.. but here we go..
Image 1: dead, but you can see the legs
Image 2: dead, but you can get an idea of the size
Image 3: there are about 5-6 live ones in the bag with the dog food
Your help will be much appreciated
Signature: Not sure

Red Legged Ham Beetle

Red Legged Ham Beetle

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Please understand that we have a very small staff that does this as a labor of love. We cannot answer all submissions (not by a long shot). But we’ll do the best we can!

Red Legged Ham Beetle

Red Legged Ham Beetle

Hi there,
How will I know if you don’t have time to reply?
Thanks,
Malene

Red Legged Ham Beetles in Dog Food!!!

Red Legged Ham Beetles in Dog Food!!!

Dear Malene,
Thank you for your patience.  It appears you have an infestation of Red Legged Ham Beetles,
Necrobius rufipes.  Even though the photo is blurry, the red legs are very obvious in your second image.  According to Forensics Topics, a high profile occupation thanks to all the crime scene investigation shows on television:  “This beetle is small in size with a bluish/green metallic body. Notice the red leggs-hence [sic] the name. This beetle shows up during dryer stages of decomposition.”  We suspect that there are also larvae in the dog food.  According to BugGuide:  “found on dried fish, skins and bones of dead animals, and other carrion; also found on museum specimens” and “Eggs are laid on the food material; larvae pass through three or four instars; the last instar spins a cocoon in which pupation occurs; life-cycle takes 6 weeks or longer depending on food type and physical conditions. Under optimum conditions, the rate of population increase is about 25 times per month. The adults fly actively and can thus easily disperse to new sources of food.”

Thank you so much Daniel. Much appreciated.

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Subject: 11-spot ladybird (Coccinella 11-punctata)?
Location: London
February 3, 2014 4:40 am
Hey Daniel,
Since I’ve been sending in Lady Beetle pics I thought I’d add this one too of one from London who I found on my beet greens from the Ally Pally (Alexandra Palace) Farmers Market. Best I can tell is s/he might be an 11-spot lady.
http://www.ladybird-survey.org/species_desc.aspx?species=6455%2059605
Signature: Curious Girl

11-Spot Ladybird Beetle

11-Spot Ladybird Beetle

Dear Curious Girl,
Thanks for sending us another one of the Lady Beetles you have encountered in your travels.

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Ed. Note:  February 3, 2013
This posting originally began as an addition to a Lady Beetle Larvae posting, but things got a bit complicated due to incorrect identifications, so we have retroactively created a new posting to try to address the errors.

Subject: Lady Beetles from Portugal
Location: Guimarães, Portugal
January 29, 2014
Danke Daniel (I am in Germany at the moment, soon to return to my beloved Portugal),
It’s hard to keep all the insect terms straight but that’s what is so great about the site is it educates us neophytes :^D
So, the 7 spot at least I have pics of in her (his) adult form as well, but in Porto (about 30km or so southwest).
And a couple others since I’m here and a little loopy tired…
So glad to know what I was seeing. Seems the 7 spot is native then to Europe even if the other is not. Funny how humans have so changed the world even beyond the Asian Lady. :^)
Muito obrigada to Mardikavana for the IDs. Awesome!
Later I’ll send some of the Asian variety spotted (ha ha) in Germany. :^)

Seven Spotted Lady Beetle
Lady Beetle

Hi again Curious Girl,
Neither species is native to North America, and BugGuide did not indicate if both are European.  We will do additional research on the Fourteen Spotted Lady Beetle.  According to Discover Life:  “
Propylaea quatuordecimpunctata is a European lady beetle that was probably accidentally introduced to North America by shipping in the St. Lawrence Seaway in the late 1960’s. These distinctively coloured little (4 or 5mm) beetles did not show up in Ontario until the 1990s, and only became common in the late 1990’s.”

Comment from Mardikavana
Actually both seven-spot ladybird and 14-spotted ladybird are widespread in Paleartic ecozone and thus can be found in Europe and Asia.
The depicted imago on the lower picture is not seven-spot ladybird. Are there more photos of that ladybird imago?

Update:  February 3, 2014
Mardikavana is indeed correct. I’m guessing the last image posted of the adult Lady is actually an Adonis Ladybird (Hippodamia/Adonia variegata) instead. My apologies. I just assumed 7 spots meant…
http://www.ladybird-survey.org/species_desc.aspx?species=6455%2059101
http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/adonis-ladybird
But what a cool name. =}
And they seem to be one of two lady varieties that bears maternally inherited flavobacteria that kill males only making them truly “ladies” I guess.
aka: Variabler Flach-Marienkäfer in German which means Variable Flat Lady Beetle.
Anyway, I do not have other pics that are very good of this particular lady bug but will send what I have (at bottom).
Maybe the other pic I sent previously that was not put up is indeed the 7-spot (so I’ll enclose that again as well). =D I had not been intended to take a picture of her, rather of the flower she’s on, but she showed up just as I was clicking the shutter and pulled it out of focus… it turns out tho I have one of her I’d forgotten about, before she landed on the flower as she’d been on my hand.

Lady Beetle

Lady Beetle

Dear Curious Girl,
In our feeble attempt to try to maintain accuracy, we have removed all unverified specific identifications on your original posting of Lady Beetle Larvae, and created a new posting with four of your photos of Lady Beetles.  Mardikavana has indicated that the first image is not a Seven Spotted Lady Beetle.  You have sent five additional images, and we are guessing they are all the same individual, but we are unclear if they are different from the misidentified photo we had already posted.  We are posting three of your new images and we are not identifying any to the species level at this time.

Lady Beetle from Portugal

Lady Beetle from Portugal

No, sorry that is my fault for not being more clear about what I was sending. Mardikavana asked for additional photos of the last picture (the imago which I had to look up to understand is the adult). So I sent 3 more of that individual (one that I believe is an Adonis — those were the first 3 photos). Then two more of a different one that I believe is indeed a 7-spot (including a repeat of a picture I sent previously that was not posted before with the original one that Mardikavana says is not a 7-Spot but which I believe is the Adonis).
The Adonis was found at Crystal Park in Porto in July while the other was from a couple months earlier in April near the Riberia in Porto. Both were 2013.

Lady Beetle from Portugal

Lady Beetle from Portugal

Dear Curious Girl,
We are still confused.  There is a new posting.  Please provide a comment on that posting regarding which photos are the same individual.  Photos that you are calling the first three do not necessarily justify according to your numbering when we receive the email.

 

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Subject: strange beetle
Location: nhill, victoria
January 31, 2014 3:00 am
last night at around 11:00 this beetle flew in through an open window and landed on our cat (scaring the hell out of him). I put it in a bag to get a photo cos i didnt want it loose in the house or for a pet to eat it and it tried to chew its way out putting numerous holes in the bag. never seen one like this before and we’re all stumped as to what it is.
measurements
length-4cm
width-1.2cm
feeler things-2.5cm
Signature: nita

Banksia Longicorn

Banksia Longicorn

Hi Nita,
We believe your Root Borer in the subfamily Prioninae is a Banksia Longicorn,
Paroplites australis.  There is a photo on Lochman Transparencies and on the Worldwide Cerambycidae Photo Gallery.  These Root Borers have very powerful mandibles and we are not surprised to learn it chewed several holes in a plastic bag.

Banksia Longicorn

Banksia Longicorn

yes that is it…thats the exact beetle..thanks so much now we can stop googling

 

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Subject: larva photo drawing
January 31, 2014 6:12 pm
I need to know if you allow me to do a color pencil drawing of your photo of the yellow and black ladybird larva.
Im an art student at Berkekey City College with the oportunity to ilustrate a book.  Said that,  you have the perfect  picture I can use as a guide.
Thank you.
Signature: Irene Diaz

Hi Irene,
We have no problem with you using any images you find on What’s That Bug? as source material for a drawing.  In our opinion, creating a new piece of art inspired by an existing image does not violate any copyright laws.

Thank you so much for being so kind!
Wish you the best.
Irene Diaz

Lady Beetle Illustration by Irene Diaz

Lady Beetle Illustration by Irene Diaz

Hi Irene,
Your illustration is lovely, and while we see the similarity to the photo of the Ladybird Larva that inspired you, your work is definitely unique.

Thank you so much for being so kind!
Wish you the best.
Irene Diaz

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