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Subject:  Beetle identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Oklahoma City, OK
Date: 08/19/2019
Time: 12:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this beetle? Found it in my house. Wondering if this is what killed one of my trees! Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Oklahoma Beetle

Ocellated Tiger Beetle

This harmless, predatory Tiger Beetle did not kill your tree.  We believe we have correctly identified it as an Ocellated Tiger Beetle thanks to this Gossamer Tapestry image and this BugGuide image.  We will be tagging this submission as Unnecessary Carnage in an effort to educate the public that every insect encountered is not a threat.

Cara on Facebook Asks:  Why do people kill first, then ask questions?!

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Subject:  Big?
Geographic location of the bug:  New Jersey, USA
Date: 08/17/2019
Time: 03:15 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello daughter rescued this guy from our pool. He scurried away, was very fast. Looked to have front legs but back end more worm like
How you want your letter signed:  Cher Mom

Ground Beetle Larva

Dear Cher Mom,
Immature insects often present greater identification challenges than adult insects present.  We suspected this to be a Ground Beetle larva and we found supporting visual validation on Project Noah which has a similar looking image identified as a Pterostichini sp. and on BugGuide where a similar image is identified as a
Pasimachus species.   Ground Beetles are predators as larvae and adults and Caterpillars are often a preferred prey.

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Subject:  Strange Flyer Dances into my Curiosity
Geographic location of the bug:  Gloucester, Va
Date: 08/14/2019
Time: 07:03 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This odd creature flew into my phone, bounced off & landed in front of me. It then proceeds to waggle it’s purplish wings & tasseled abdomen at me before retracting it’s wings (somewhere!) Only to produce them once again & promptly take off. It’s a hot and steamy August here in Virginia. I’ve been a keen observer of nature all of my life & can honestly say, this one has stumped me completely. Hope you guys can help me out!
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks a bunch! Holly G

Rove Beetle

Dear Holly,
You have good reason for being stumped.  This is a Rove Beetle in the family Staphylinidae, and many members of the family look very different from the “typical” beetle.  Unfortunately, BugGuide is currently experiencing technical difficulty and we cannot search for the species, but luckily, we were able to identify it as 
Platydracus maculosus in Beetles of Eastern North America by Arthur V. Evans where it states it is:  “the largest rove beetle in North America.”  The image with its abdomen curled up is a typical threat posture for many Rove Beetles.

Rove Beetle

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Subject:  what’s this insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  West Coast South Africa
Date: 08/13/2019
Time: 09:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  So I found this insect outside my home, I’ve never seen anything like it. I hope you can let me know what type of insect it is so I can do more research about it. Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  L.S.

Brush Jewel Beetle

Dear L.S.,
This is a Jewel Beetle in the genus
Julodis, and we believe it is the Brush Jewel Beetle, Julodis hirsuta subsp. hirsuta.  The species is pictured on iNaturalist, but there is no information about the beetle.  Many species in the genus are pictured on Virtual Beetle, and we would not entirely rule out that your individual might be Julodis cirrosa or Julodis mira syn. sulcicollis

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Subject:  probably cicadomorpha
Geographic location of the bug:  Phoenix, Arizona.
Date: 08/13/2019
Time: 07:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug in the evening on a dead tree while grilling, it was origanoly above the stick but when I moved my camera closer to it it moved below. The next day I looked on the tree and I did not find it on the branch that it was sitting on before or any of those around it. I searched for it on google for at least an hour but found nothing quite like it.
How you want your letter signed:  christopher walker

Jewel Beetle: Acmaeodera gibbula

Dear Christopher,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and upon researching its identity, we found this similar looking individual identified as 
Acmaeodera rubronotata on Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, but the red markings are different as are the white spotting pattern.  We suspected the genus was correct, but not the species.  We browsed BugGuide, but we still could not identify the species and we were daunted by the information “144 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area.”  We believe we correctly identified your beetle as Acmaeodera gibbula thanks to Arizona Naturalists.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae mostly host on various legumes.”

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Subject:  Brown and orange beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Pearland tx
Date: 08/13/2019
Time: 09:18 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this cool bug on the window but can’t figure out what it is. Can you help?
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Sarah

Longjawed Longhorn

Dear Sarah,
This beautiful beetle is a Longjawed Longhorn,
Trachyderes mandibularis, and according to BugGuide:  “Hosts: Citrus, Parkinsonia, Salix, Celtis (Hovore et al. 1987).”

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