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Subject: beetle id
Location: Eldersburg, MD 21784
June 26, 2017 12:23 pm
Distinctive orange beetle(?) with diamond marking. Google brings up lots of orange beetles but not this one.
Signature: Mary

Mating Ironweed Curculios

Dear Mary,
These mating Weevils are Ironweed Curculios.  According to BugGuide:  “Breeds in Asteraceae such as cocklebur (
Xanthium), ironweed (Vernonia), joe-pye-weed (Eupatorium), ragweed (Ambrosia).”

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Subject: Strange beach beetle
Location: Mccarthy Beach Northern Minnesota
June 21, 2017 1:05 pm
Hi! I was on the beach and looked down and this insect was struggling to get out of a hole. His underside was a metallic orange and I was wondering what it was. Thanks!
Signature: Hailee

Jewel Beetle

Dear Hailee,
We thought your Jewel Beetle was a Golden Buprestid, but that species if found west of the Rocky Mountains.  We found a relative on BugGuide,
Buprestis striata, that looks like a convincing match to your beetle.

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Subject: What is this? Is it poisoness?
Location: Found it in Ohio
June 30, 2017 7:44 pm
Found this on a pillow next to my 2 year old son with something attached to it’s leg. Is this thing dangerous and what is it?
Signature: Alicia

Spined Oak Borer with Pseudoscorpion

Dear Alicia,
This is a Longicorn or Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, and members of this family are not poisonous.  The hitch-hiker is a Pseudoscorpion, and as a flightless creature, it is taking advantage of the flying beetle to move from location to location, an act known as phoresy.  We found an image of
Anelaphus pumilus on BugGuide  that is also transporting a Pseudoscorpion and we have an image in our archive of a Spined Oak Borer, Elaphidion mucronatum, with a Pseudoscorpion.  Your Longicorn appears to have spines on the tips of the wing covers and according to Eric Eaton, the Spined Oak Borer can be identified by a “pair of spines at the tip of each wing cover.”  We believe your Longicorn is a Spined Oak Borer.

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Subject: what is this?
Location: Preston county West virginia
June 30, 2017 5:29 pm
I found this while cleaning my pool. Could you please tell me what it is. The pool was drained to clean leaves at the bottom left from the fall.
Signature: not in my pool

Aquatic Beetle Larva

The best we can do is identify this as the aquatic larva of a Water Beetle.

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Subject: What is this??
Location: New Hampshire
July 3, 2017 12:37 pm
Found in our house in southern New Hampshire in July. Approximately 1 inch long. What is it?
Signature: Katie


Dear Katie,
This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle or Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae, but we need additional time to identify the species.  Perhaps one of our readers will write in with an identification.

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Subject: What is it
Location: Alberta
July 6, 2017 1:04 pm
This is about an inch long. Flat head with fangs, and stinger or illusion of at end
Signature: Jessica

Aquatic Beetle Larva

Dear Jessica,
Was there a nearby body of water like a pond?  This looks like a predatory, aquatic Beetle larva.

No pond, in the backyard

We are still sticking with this being a Beetle larva.

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