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Subject:  Is this a beetle ?
Geographic location of the bug:  France
Date: 04/20/2018
Time: 06:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I would really like to find out what kind of bug this is I’m reallh curious, I found it late at night in my garden, thank you for any help.
How you want your letter signed:  Thomas Young

Cockchafer

Dear Thomas,
This Scarab Beetle,
Melolontha melolontha, is commonly called a Cockchafer or Billy Witch in England.  According to Cabi, the International common names include:  “French: hanneton commun; man; turc.”

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Subject:  Large florida beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Florida
Date: 04/09/2018
Time: 02:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! I found this considerable large shell of a dung(?) beetle outside my home in St. Petersburg, Florida. I kept the dried-up thing for a while and i came across your site and i wanted to find out what kind of beetle this is at last. It has very small horn right above it’s head, and that makes me think it is a female dung beetle. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Chance Arceneaux

Female Ox Beetle

Dear Chance,
This is a female Ox Beetle in the genus
Strategus, most likely Strategus antaeus, which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is:  “Typically sandy areas, e.g. coastal plains” and “Adults said to be chafers, feeding on grasses, leaves, fruits.”

Female Ox Beetle

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Subject:  Goldsmith Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  MS
Date: 04/03/2018
Time: 07:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I took a picture of this beetle crawling around under the security light. Is this a goldsmith beetle? It was grey and furry underneath. I moved it away from the light source.
How you want your letter signed:  TF

Goldsmith Beetle

Dear TF,
We concur that this is a Goldsmith Beetle,
Cotalpa lanigera, and according to BugGuide data, other sightings from Mississippi have occurred in April.

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Subject:  Grub found in Florida
Geographic location of the bug:  Sanibel Island, Florida, USA
Date: 03/04/2018
Time: 07:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello!  Found this huge grub at the transition zone between mangrove bayou and the beach on Sanibel Island, Florida on March 1, 2018.   For reference, it’s in my hand and I’m a 5’4” adult.  Placed it back on the ground under a leaf after snapping this photo.  Thanks for your help!
How you want your letter signed:  Hannah

Eastern Hercules Beetle Grub, we believe

Dear Hannah,
This is the grub of a Scarab Beetle, and considering its size, we believe it is a grub of an Eastern Hercules Beetle.  We suspect it was found near rotting wood.

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Subject:  Bug found burrowing in dirt
Geographic location of the bug:  St Croix USVI
Date: 02/27/2018
Time: 01:32 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We had a landslide into our planters after hurricane Maria. We found these bugs burrowing in the dirt. And we have no idea what they are but look like they could bite.
How you want your letter signed:  Janice DeWald

Scarab Beetle Grub

Dear Janice,
This is the grub of a Scarab Beetle and they are not aggressive.  They are often found near rotting stumps, in compost piles and many species feed on the roots of grasses, so they are also found in lawns and gardens.

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Subject:  Beetle South Africa?
Geographic location of the bug:  Durban, South Africa
Date: 01/13/2018
Time: 02:28 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear bug people
It is mid summer here in Durban, South Africa and this little guy just landed on my patio. I am always keen to identify the creatures in my garden, from bugs to birds.
Hope to hear from you.
Many thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  Kevin C

Flower Chafer

Dear Kevin,
This is a Scarab Beetle in the family Scarabaeidae, and we believe it is in the subfamily Cetoniinae, the Fruit and Flower Chafers, however we could not find a matching image on Beetles of Africa or on iSpot.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Update:  Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash, we believe this is a Flower Chafer, Porphyronota maculatissima, which is pictured on Flower Beetles and on BeetleSpace.

Thank you. Much appreciated for your time and feedback.
Regards
Kevin

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