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Subject:  Beetle ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Frost Mountain, Kittitas County,WA
Date: 08/01/2019
Time: 02:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My wife photographed this beetle while we were camped at Frost Mountain, WA, 7/29/19. It’s back appears to be a leaf, but it looks like it’s actually a part of it’s body. What is it and is the “leaf” a real leaf that the beetle attached to itself or is it something the beetle was born with?
How you want your letter signed:  Kevin Rust

Flower Longhorn: Pachyta armata

Dear Kevin,
This is a beautiful Beetle, and it is all Beetle with no leaf.  We started by searching for Flower Longhorns in the subfamily Lepturinae, but without much luck.  Then we found a thumbnail on Hiveminer that led us to this FlickR posting of
Pachyta armataBugGuide has many images, but not much information.  iNaturalist also has images, and not much information, but sightings apparently peak in July/August.

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Subject:  Unknown bee
Geographic location of the bug:  Vancouver island B.C.
Date: 07/30/2019
Time: 06:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This noisy bee landed on the end of a log and eventually crawled underneath.
How you want your letter signed:  Richard

Lion Beetle

Dear Richard,
Though this looks very much like a Bee, it is not.  One can’t even begin to contemplate the complexity of the transformational events that caused this Lion Beetle,
Ulochaetes leoninus, to mimic the appearance and behavior of a stinging insect for protection from predators and other threats that have learned to avoid aposomatic or warning colors and markings after having first been stung.  The first time we received an identification request for a Lion Beetle, we were quite confused ourselves.

Lion Beetle

Hello Daniel,
thanks so much for the identification.  We did our best with images but no luck.  We were beekeepers for a few years and were puzzled by this critter. The loin like tuft of fuzz like a bumblebee on a body most resembling a queen honey bee was a strange sight.  I’m grateful to have had a chance to see one fly and land close enough to take a couple of photos.
Cheers,
RIchard

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Subject:  I can’t find this on inaturalist
Geographic location of the bug:  Arizona/Sonoran border
Date: 07/27/2019
Time: 01:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  @ Coronado after a couple of rains.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/29543844
About 2inches long.Can Fly
BTW, how come I can’t sign in no more?
How you want your letter signed: ptosis

Apache Click Beetle

Dear ptosis,
This gorgeous beetle is an Apache Click Beetle,
Chalcolepidius apacheanus, which we identified on BugGuide.  When we posted images of this strikingly beautiful beetle long ago, we pondered the lack of a common name on BugGuide at the time, and we proposed Apache Click Beetle as the common name based on its existing scientific name.  We don’t understand your question:  “BTW, how come I can’t sign in no more?”  Please clarify.

Apache Click Beetle

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Subject:  Yellow Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Bismarck, ND
Date: 07/25/2019
Time: 07:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  The stripes are dark blue and hisses when disturbed. About 1/4” long.
How you want your letter signed:  R. Green

Three Lined Potato Beetle

Dear R. Green,
This looks to us like a Three Lined Potato Beetle,
Lema daturaphila, which is pictured on BugGuide.  There is no mention on BugGuide of stridulation, which is the hissing sound you heard the beetle make by rubbing together parts of its body.  This comment “I remember the first time I heard them squeaking like little birds when I picked them up” appears on another BugGuide posting.

Thank you so much! It does make chirps and squeaks and small hisses. It’s a strange little thing!

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Subject:  Moth or cockroach?
Geographic location of the bug:  Niagara Falls Ontario, rural.
Date: 07/25/2019
Time: 12:46 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, maybe you can help? I’m just curious to see if this is a moth, beetle, or cockroach. Hopefully not a cockroach.
How you want your letter signed:  J

Firefly

Dear J,
This is neither a moth nor a Cockroach, but it is a Beetle.  It is a Firefly.

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Subject:  What type of fly is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Brantford, Ontario
Date: 07/26/2019
Time: 11:26 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello Bugman,
I am hoping that you can help me identify this fly. I was leaning toward a type of syrphid fly but could not find a match online. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Dan

Signal Fly (left) and Red Milkweed Beetle

Dear Dan,
The image of the Fly with the Red Milkweed Beetle is an easier image for identifying purposes as it clearly shows the wing pattern on this Signal Fly in the genus
Rivellia which we determined thanks to images posted to BugGuide where it states the habitat is “on foliage, feces.”  We tried to determine if there is a relationship between Signal Flies and milkweed, and we located this BugGuide image and this BugGuide image and on The Pathless Wood we found an image and this information:  ” I did come across this interesting fly in my search, however, and later determined it is some sort of Signal Fly, a member of the Genus Rivellia. These flies are often difficult to identify from photographs alone; they are quite small, and identification depends on the presence or absence of tiny hairs called setae on the dorsal thorax, as well as the colour pattern of the wings and legs. They get their name from their patterned wings, which they tend to wave around as if signalling other individuals. I didn’t see this behaviour as this individual rested on an unopened milkweed blossom, so I was immediately taken with the unique pattern of its otherwise clear wings.”   So, for some reason, Signal Flies are attracted to milkweed, but we are not certain why.  Are there soybean fields nearby?  Your individual reminds us quite a bit of the Soybean Nodule Fly, Rivellia quadrifasciata, which is also pictured on BugGuide.

Mating Signal Flies

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for this information. There was a soybean field right next to this patch of milkweed so I think it may be safe to say Rivellia quadrifasciata is a match. I’ve seen other flies exhibit this behaviour of waving their wings around. Now I know where to start when trying to identify them.
Thanks again!
Dan

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