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cool bug
Location: Central Iowa
April 29, 2012 7:24 pm
Hey! My son spotted this ”June-Bug” looking bug on our patio here in Central Iowa. I picked it up & it froze up & played dead. It left a pretty potent stench on my fingers…like manure. Can you help me out on the name? I called it ”April”.
Signature: Melissa & Blaedyn

Burying Beetle

Hi Melissa & Blaedyn,
You have discovered a Burying Beetle or Sexton Beetle in the genus
Nicrophorus.  With the exception of social insects that form an organized colony like Ants, Bees, Wasps and Termites, Burying Beetles exhibit among the greatest parental care in the insect world.  A pair of Burying Beetles will work together to locate and bury a small animal carcass, like that of a bird, mouse or other small vertebrate.  They then guard the carcass with the eggs and developing larvae and they even feed their brood regurgitated carrion.  You may read more about Burying Beetles on BugGuide.

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Strangest Bug I’ve EVER Seen!
Location: Superior, Wisconsin
April 22, 2012 2:38 pm
I was camping up by Superior Wisconsin, and saw this bug sitting on a wood railing. It was huge! Probably from my knuckle to my wrist in length. It had really LONG antennae, and looked like some science experiment gone wrong. For the last year I’ve been trying to identify it, but have yet to. Hoping you can fill me in on what this fascinating and yet strangely odd bug is!
Signature: ~Melissa~

Longhorned Borer Beetle

Hi Melissa,
This beetle is one of the Longicorns or Longhorned Borer Beetles in the family Cerambycidae.  We believe it is a Flat Faced Longhorn in the subfamily Lamiinae and you may reference BugGuide to see some examples.  It might even be in the genus
Monochamus, however, the detail and angle of your photo makes positive identification difficult for us.

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What Is Going On Here?
Location: San Antonio, TX
April 23, 2012 12:36 pm
Hey Bugman! I live in San Antonio, TX and over the last few weeks we have had TONS of butterflies flying around our yard. The other day I noticed a bunch of them hanging out on a certain tree. Today (4/22/12) I went outside and took a picture of them gathered around the same spot. Once I loaded the pictures to my computer I was surprised to see the beetles that I didn’t even realize were there when I took the picture. Why are they all hanging out together. I attached two pictures. One where you can see the butterflies pattern and the other is of 5 butterflies and 4 beetles.
Signature: Daisy

Red Admirals feeding on Sap

Dear Daisy,
This is such a marvelous documentation.  The tree is oozing sap and the butterflies and beetles are feeding on the sap.  Many butterflies take sustenance from places other than blossoms, and sap is a common food for many species of butterflies including these Red Admirals.  The beetles appear to be Green June Beetles or Figeaters, or a closely related species.  We wish your photos had a higher resolution, but they are still quite wonderful.  Here is a similar documentation from our archives, though the butterfly is a Mourning Cloak.

Red Admirals and Green June Beetles

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Different Kind of Lady Beetle?
April 25, 2012
Hi Daniel and Lisa,
This little beetle is the same size and shape as the red/orange and black-spotted ladybird beetles I usually see.  The all back head section is very different.  After checking many sites, I didn’t find anything that resembled it?  Can you help me identify it, please?
Thank you so much,
R.G. Marion
Great Smoky Mountains
East Tennessee

Leaf Beetle: Calligrapha species

Dear R.G. Marion,
Though it resembles a Lady Beetle, your creature is actually a Leaf Beetle in the genus
Calligrapha.  We are not certain of the species, but you can peruse the numerous possibilities on the BugGuide website.

Thank you so much for taking the time to get back to me.

No problem R.G.  You have been writing to us for so long.  No matter how busy we get, we always try to respond to your submissions.

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Caterpillar, Worm or WHAT?
Location: Texas
April 17, 2012 12:15 pm
Can you tell me what this is? They are everywhere! Is it a beautful butterfly waiting to be born? Or something dreadful? I’ve found 2 in the house and there are lots of them around the neighborhood. I’ve never, in all my 51 years seen one before.
Signature: Michele

I want to feed it, but not sure what I should give it.  tried putting a tiny bit of water in the enclosure  It ignored.  Tempted to turn it out into the wilderness, but so many neighbors are reporting stepping on and squashing them, I am afraid.  Want it to survive!!!

Caterpillar Hunter

Hi Michele,
We just posted a photo of a Caterpillar Hunter Larva from Texas.  Based on your letter, there is a population explosion, possibly due to a large number of caterpillars this season, and you should expect to see adult beetles in the near future.  Caterpillar Hunters eat caterpillars.  Nature has a way of balancing out the populations of natural predators and their prey species.

Thanks SOO much!  I asked everyone I knew and even strangers on the street what it was (I carried him around for a few days!).  NO one had ever seen one.  AND, I would have NEVER though to have fed him caterpillars.  Glad I set him free to do his job!

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Nevada WCTA Insect Survey
Location: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas, NV
April 18, 2012 4:32 pm
I think this is an Eleodes, but I would like confirmation.
Signature: Alayna

Acrobat Beetle

Hi Alayna,
We agree that this is a Desert Stink Beetle or Acrobat Beetle in the genus
Eleodes, and it looks very similar to this individual from Utah posted to BugGuide that is not identified to the species level.  BugGuide also notes that there are over 129 species in North America that are “Divided into 14 subgenera based primarily on female genitalia.”  We do not have the necessary skills to make a species identification.  Desert Stink Beetles are often found ambling slowly over the terrain.  If they are disturbed, they lower their heads, raise their abdomens and emit an odor, hence the two common names.  We especially like the name Acrobat Beetle.

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