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Subject: What is this?
Location: Lake Vermilion, northern Minnesota
July 14, 2017 8:10 am
I saw this guy flying and land on a young dogwood shrub yesterday.
Signature: Judy Sonnenberg

Net-Winged Beetle

Dear Judy,
This Net-Winged Beetle,
Caenia dimidiata, resembles a moth more than it does a typical beetle.  According to BugGuide, it “has comb-like antennae, and scutellum is black.”

Very cool! Thanks for the ID! It looked a lot like a firefly when it was in flight, which makes sense since they’re related. I appreciate the info.

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Subject: This bug is eating my tomato plants & I can’t identify after numerous searches
Location: West Tennessee
July 13, 2017 9:27 pm
I’m new to gardening. So far I’ve been able to identify the pests and beneficials in my garden. However, I’ve failed to identify this bug on any garden pest websites or other picture databases of bugs. Please help it appears these guys are eating on my tomato plants and I’d like to find out what they are so I can use natural means of controlling them.
Signature: Hannah

Margined Blister Beetle

Dear Hannah,
This is a Blister Beetle and we are very confident it is the Margined Blister Beetle,
Epicauta funebris, thanks to this image posted to BugGuide.  Of the genus,  BugGuide notes:  “Some species are crop pests.”

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Subject: Unidentifiable beetle
Location: 25 miles south of Pueblo, near Greenhorn mountain
July 13, 2017 1:12 pm
Hello Bugman,
I took a picture of this beetle about 25 miles south of Pueblo, CO on a bit of sage. I have searched the internet and have not found any satisfactory match. Can you help?
Signature: Brent Evans

May Beetle

Hi Brent,
This is definitely a Scarab Beetle, and we believe it is a May Beetle in the subfamily Meloionthinae.  This image of
Dinacoma caseyi from BugGuide looks very similar, but it is only reported from California and according to BugGuide:  “Only known population occurs within the Palm Canyon Wash area in the southern part of the City of Palm Springs, Riverside County, California. The species is believed to occupy less than 800 acres of land. – FWS.”  Perhaps this is a close relative in the same genus or perhaps a related genus.  We will try to contact Artur V. Evans and Eric Eaton for assistance.

Eric Eaton responds.
Pretty sure this is Phyllophaga lanceolata, a type of May beetle that is pretty common in Colorado.  Looking forward to Art’s assessment.
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America

Ed. Note:  We also received a response from Arthur V. Evans who provided a BugGuide link to confirm Eric’s identification.  According to BugGuide:  “Unlike most Phyllophaga, adults are diurnal. Females are flightless.”
Hi Daniel,

I am about to enter the photo in the Boulder County Fair.  I thought it might be useful to know what it was.
Many, many thanks again for your help in this matter.  I will save the info and cherish it!  If you can, please pass my thanks back up the line as well.
Kind regards,
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Subject: Identification of large beetle please
Location: Southern US
July 13, 2017 11:27 am
Can you please help identify this beetle?! Thanks!
Signature: Sarah

Female Eastern Hercules Beetle

Dear Sarah,
This is a female Eastern Hercules Beetle.  The male is much larger and has an impressive horn.  The male Eastern Hercules Beetle is the heaviest North American beetle.

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Subject: Bug
Location: Gays mills wis
July 13, 2017 11:14 am
Wondering what this is? Found outside on a rock near our pool
Signature: Brenda

Brown Prionid

Dear Brenda,
Comparing your image to this Bugguide image, this looks like a Brown Prionid to us.  According to BugGuide:  “Light brown, sides of elytra parallel. 11-segmented antennae, rounded, never flattened.”  Based on BugGuide data, Wisconsin is about the westernmost range of the Brown Prionid in the northern portions of North America.

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Subject: Identify please
Location: Virginia
July 11, 2017 10:54 am
Found dead in motel room in Virginia
Signature: No


Dear No,
This is a Firefly or Lightning Bug, and they are much more impressive alive, outdoors, providing a summer light show than they are when found dead in a motel room.

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