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Subject:  Large bright red beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Limbe, Malawi
Date: 06/10/2018
Time: 06:47 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, my mother found this beetle a few days ago. I cannot find a similar one on the Internet. It was long with large mandibles and scarlet.:  Allnutty

Blister Beetle: Synhoria testacea

Dear Allnutty,
The first thing we have to say is WOW, that is one impressive beetle.  Interestingly, as we began our research, we found this very beetle pictured on the Travel Malawi Guide site, but alas there was no identification.  Though its appearance is not typical of the family, the antennae caused us to ponder if this might be a Blister Beetle in the family Meloidae, and there is one North American species that has a similar large head and mandibles, the Big Eared Blister Beetle,
Cissites auriculata, which is pictured on BugGuide, so we started our more thorough search with the subfamily Nemognathinae.  That led us to the Researchgate and Meloidae of Namibia where Plate #6 pictures Synhoria testacea.  We verified that identification on iNaturalist where there are several wonderful images.  It is also pictured on What Species?

 

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Subject:  Strange(r) thing(s)
Geographic location of the bug:  Burgundy france
Date: 06/08/2018
Time: 01:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug had large pincers at the front, legs on his front half and moved like someone dancing the worm. It was about an inch long and very aggressive. If provoked it would curl up back on itself.
How you want your letter signed:  C. McCarthy

Water Tiger

Dear C. McCarthy
Was it found near or in water?  It looks to us like an aquatic beetle larva, commonly called a Water Tiger.

Hi Daniel,
Yes, it was near a small pond. Thanks for the quick positive identification, it helped solve a little debate with the family 🙂
Chris

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Subject:  Unknown Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Iowa
Date: 05/31/2018
Time: 10:48 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was wondering if you could help me identify this beetle? It flew while making a loud buzzing noise and appeared mostly white in color. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  No preference

Goldsmith Beetle

Though lighter in color than most individuals, we believe this is a Goldsmith Beetle.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  We will be postdating your submission to go live to our site during the middle of June when our editorial staff is away from the office on holiday.

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Subject:  Male Eastern Hercules Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Meridianville, Alabama
Date: 06/09/2018
Time: 11:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  If you ever wondered how tough these are, well, I met this one by accidentally stepping on him at a gas station!   I felt something under my foot that shouldn’t have been there — then felt it pushing back up at me!  As it turns out, I’d stunned the poor fellow, so I collected him and brought him the few miles home.  After getting these photos, I let him loose onto a tall plant on my back porch.  Apparently,  he was feeling much more spry by this point, as he clambered right to the top of the plant and promptly had to hold on for dear life as it bent over under his huge weight!  I hope he will have taken off into the nearby woods by the time sunrise comes.
How you want your letter signed:  J. R. Caldoon

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

Dear J.R.,
Thanks so much for submitting your awesome images of a male Eastern Hercules Beetle, our first images of this species this year.  June and July are Moth, Caterpillar and Beetle months for our site, and that is the time we get most of our Northern Hemisphere images of representatives from those orders.  Thanks also for the care you took in helping to ensure that this magnificent male Hercules Beetle did not become a casualty at the gas station and for that reason, we are tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  The lights at gas stations often attract Moths, Beetles and other insects.  The exoskeleton of many beetles, including the Hercules Beetles, is quite resilient.

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

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Subject:  Golden Buprestid – Dicerca lurida
Geographic location of the bug:  Sudbury, Ontario.  Canada
Date: 06/07/2018
Time: 05:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug looks like a typical Golden Buprestid – Dicerca lurida, but at the back end of the bug, it’s red and narrow, unlike any pictures i have found.  I can tell it’s related, but is it the same? or what would it be called?
How you want your letter signed:  Shawna

Jewel Beetle: Dicerca caudata

Dear Shawna,
You are correct that this is a relative of the Golden Buprestid, and members of the Metallic Leaf Borer Beetle family Buprestidae are frequently called Jewel Beetles.  Your individual is a member of the genus
Dicerca, and we feel relatively confident that your individual is Dicerca caudata, a species pictured on BugGuide with no common name.

Jewel Beetle: Dicerca caudata

Thank you for identifying this insect for me. 🙂

Jewel Beetle: Dicerca caudata

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Subject: Beautiful shield (?) bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia
Date: 06/07/2018
Time: 09:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My friend found this beautiful bug on his rain gutter downspout this week. It almost looks like a china pattern…  can you please help us identify it?  I’ve been unable to find any similar pictures online so far. Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Amy

Leaf Beetle

Dear Amy,
This is not a Shield Bug.  It is a Leaf Beetle in the genus
Calligrapha.  We suspect it is the wide ranging and considerably variable Common Willow Calligrapha pictured on BugGuide.

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