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Subject:  ID please
Geographic location of the bug:  SE Brazil
Date: 11/27/2017
Time: 06:45 AM EDT
Please can you ID the three insects on the enclosed enclosed photos please
How you want your letter signed:  GP

Pleasing Fungus Beetle

Dear GP,
The yellow and black beetle is a Pleasing Fungus Beetle in the family Erotylidae, and we found a matching image on FlickR, but alas, it is only identified to the family level.  In the future, please limit your identification requests to a single species per submission.  We will be postdating your submission to go live to our site later in the month while our editorial staff is away for the holidays.

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Subject:  Whose pupal cases (?)
Geographic location of the bug:  southern Colorado, ponderosa pine forest
Date: 11/26/2017
Time: 06:41 PM EDT
Last spring I cut and split some ponderosa pine firewood in the woods behind my house. Some pieces sat up there all summer, and when I brought them down this fall, I discovered these pupal cases (?) on one chunk. I was curious to know what made them.
(Resending because my images might have been too large last time)
How you want your letter signed:  Chas

Exuviae of Fungus Beetle Pupae

Dear Chas,
These are the exuviae or cast off exoskeletons of the pupae of Fungus Beetles, probably
Gibbifer californicus.  Here is a similar image from BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on wood-destroying fungi” and “female lays eggs in bark crevices of fallen rotting logs.”

Dear Daniel Marlos,
Fascinating! thanks a lot — now I know where to go for further research.
It was a standing, dead beetle-killed pine, so decay had already started in
some places on the trunk.
Chas S. Cllifton

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Subject:  should I throw my luggage away?
Geographic location of the bug:  Chattanooga, TN
Date: 11/04/2017
Time: 09:48 AM EDT
I found this in my dirty clothes, after I got back from a local overnight convention. I didn’t put any reference in the pictures for lengthy, but it’s about a centimeter long and maybe half that, wide.
How you want your letter signed:  Buggy, in ChattaBoogie

Pleasing Fungus Beetle

Dear Buggy,
This appears to be a Pleasing Fungus Beetle, and we suspect it accidentally entered your suitcase.  It is harmless and will not infest your home, nor will it damage your house or its furnishings.  You do not need to throw your luggage away.

Thank you! Y’all do great work!! Thanks for setting my mind at ease. Happy Holidays!
Buggy in ChattaBoogie

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Subject:  Bugs on fungus on maple tree
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Indiana
Date: 09/20/2017
Time: 01:01 PM EDT
I believe these to be some sort of blister beetles. All I have been able to find are blister beetles with 3+ colored bands. I have never seen them before, but cannot find information about them being in our area. Your help is appreciated.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks! Sasha

Pleasing Fungus Beetle

Dear Sasha,
This is a Pleasing Fungus Beetle in the genus
Megalodacne.  Based on the BugGuide information that “Note also different form of scutellar macula, and pronotal sides near hind angles (slightly concave in heros / straight to slightly convex in fasciata)” we are leaning toward this being Megalodacne fasciata.

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Subject: Beetle from the Madre de Dios region of Peru
Location: Los Amigos Biological Station (CICRA), Madre de Dios, Peru
June 14, 2017 7:17 am
Hello!
Recently, I went to the Peruvian Amazon and saw some pretty amazing insect life! However, I’m having a really tough time identifying most of them, although I’ve gotten a couple out of sheer luck. I was wondering if you could help me with this one, if not a couple more afterward! Most of them aren’t great pictures or anything, but any help would be wonderful!
Signature: Sincerely, Noah

Pleasing Fungus Beetle

Dear Noah,
We thought this resembled a Pleasing Fungus Beetle in the family Erotylidae, and we quickly found this image on FlickR that is identified as
Scaphidomorphus bosci.  The species is also pictured on Encyclopedia of Life and iNaturalist.

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Subject: What’s This Coleopteran?
Location: Chalalán Ecolodge, Madidi National Park, Aten Canton, Apolo Municipality, Franz Tamayo Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia
January 25, 2017 4:03 pm
These are two different individuals that I believe to be from the same family, if not genus. If possible, I would love to know what family that is. One is purple and black, and the other is white and black, and their elytra come to an arch or point in the center of their body. These were found and taken at Chalalán Ecolodge, Madidi National Park, Aten Canton, Apolo Municipality, Franz Tamayo Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia. This is a NT0166 Southwest Amazon Moist Forest WWF Ecoregion.
Signature: Thank you so much WTB

Pleasing Fungus Beetle

Your purple beetle is a Pleasing Fungus Beetle in the family Erotylidae, and this individual from Columbia in our archives shares characteristics with your individuals, so we are in agreement that both beetles are in the same family.  This image on Getty Images is only identified to the family level.  We located this cyan-blue individual on Project Noah that is identified as Cypherotylus cf. dromedarius, with the species name being a reference to the camel-like hump.  Insetologia, our sister site in Brazil has this wonderful posting. 

Pleasing Fungus Beetle

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