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Subject:  Beetle identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Georgia, USA
Date: 04/22/2019
Time: 12:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! My name is Jessi and I’m doing a project in my photography course on bugs and I’m having trouble identifying this beetle, maybe you can help me? I found it in the morning at the beginning of april this year. Thank you!!
How you want your letter signed:  Jessica Yeszkonis

Unknown Scarab Beetle

Dear Jessi,
Since this is a photography course and not a biology course, perhaps you do not need species specificity.  This is a Scarab Beetle in the family Scarabaeidae, but we cannot provide a species name at this time.  You can try browsing BugGuide for some possibilities.

Scarab Beetle

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Subject:  Italian Insect Question
Geographic location of the bug:  Albenga, Italy (Liguria)
Date: 04/15/2019
Time: 10:50 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
I now live in Italy and am having a difficult time finding a good resource to answer insect questions.
Today (April 15), I stumbled upon this curious critter chowing down or sleeping in thistle. I even tried to lift her body a little to get a better photo, but she was really locked into that place. Looking closely, I see hairs all over her body including a thicker patch on the underside. Is this some kind of hairy beetle? Yelp!
Thanks in advance for your wisdom. I would love to know a good go-to place to answer my insect questions. I’m seeing some beautiful beings here I’d like to identify.
How you want your letter signed:  Kenda

White-Spotted Rose Beetle

Dear Kenda,
This is indeed a hairy Beetle.  We are relatively certain it is a White-Spotted Rose Beetle, which we identified on where it states:  “The White Spotted Rose Beetle
(Oxythyrea funesta) is plant eating (phytophagous) beetle in the family Cetonidaewhich is in the genus Oxythyrea. It is also known as The Mediterranean Spotted Chafer. Over wintering larvae, which feed on plant roots, emerge as beetles in late Spring. They feed on the flowers of a wide variety of plants up until early Autumn.”  This image on Insecta.Pro nicely illustrates the hair that covers the body.

White-Spotted Rose Beetle

Thank you very much Daniel! I really appreciate your knowledge and assistance! Do you recommend I use the site as my go-to site despite the fact they don’t specifically focus on Italy or is there a more Italy-specific site I can rely on?
Grazie mille,

Hi Kenda,
Unfortunately, we have no recommendation for a good site for the average person to use to identify Italian insects.

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Subject:  Beetle id needed
Geographic location of the bug:  Kitchen Creek Falls Trail, Cleveland Nat’l Forest,CA
Date: 03/20/2019
Time: 01:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  is this another Shining Leaf Chafer: Paracotalpa puncticollis ?
How you want your letter signed:  Terri V

Little Bear Scarab, we believe

Dear Terri,
We believe you have the genus correct, but we are not certain of the species, though because of its dark coloration, we are leaning toward a different Little Bear Scarab,
Paracotalpa ursina based on this BugGuide image from San Diego.  The posting includes a comment stating:  “Paracotalpa ursina, dark form. Very common in that area on Chamise this time of year.”

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Subject:  Rescued Dung Beetles
Geographic location of the bug:  Hialeah Florida
Date: 03/15/2019
Time: 12:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I often see dung beetles drowning in my swimming pool-not sure why they wind up in there so often. Last Dec 31 I netted four of them in a few minutes and set them on a wall to dry out and take photos before they wandered away. One was gone before I could get back with the camera. I love how their shells vary- one had a beautiful long curving horn and side spikes on the shield. I wonder if that’s a variation due to age or gender or is it just that some beetles get lucky in the shell genetic lottery?
How you want your letter signed:  Marian

Rainbow Scarabs

Dear Marian,
Your image of rescued Rainbow Scarabs, a type of Dung Beetle, is awesome, as is the rescue story.  We are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  Male Rainbow Scarabs have the horn, but there is some genetic lottery involved as well.  According to BugGuide:  “Pronotum of ‘major’ male has sharp posterior angles.  Major males, depicted, are easier to differentiate than minor males (w/ short horns) and females (w/ very short horns).”

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Subject:  What’s in the eggplant patch?
Geographic location of the bug:  Brisbane, Australia (inner city)
Date: 02/15/2019
Time: 01:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman,
These bugs have been in my eggplant patch for some time now. I am still getting eggplants so they don’t seem too harmful, but no one knows what they are! They can fly, but they seem to prefer walking. I once counted 30 in the patch.
Location: Brisbane, Australia. Time: Summer. Maybe relevant this is in a fifth floor balcony garden. There are plenty of bugs in the garden overall, but these ones seem to have a monopoly on the eggplant.
How you want your letter signed:  The Curious Eggplant Grower

Mango Flower Beetles

Dear Curious Eggplant Grower,
You had us with your subject line:  What’s in the eggplant patch?
These are Scarab Beetles and we are inclined to speculate they are in the Fruit and Flower Chafer subfamily Cetoniinae.  We are continuing research; we just wanted you to know where to begin your own research.
There seems to be a considerable amount of variation in color and markings on the Mango Flower Beetle,
Protaetia fusca, pictured on the Brisbane Insect site, but though none exactly matches the warm golden-bronze color of the individuals you submitted, we nonetheless believe that species is correct.
Based on the images and the statement “Elytra of male with apical spines, female lacking spines” posted on the Hawaiian Scarab ID site, the individual on the right in your image, with the spines on the posterior ends of the elytra or wing covers, is a male.  The site also states:  “In Australia, both adults and larvae are found throughout the year. Females deposit as many as 147 eggs in humus during their 6–7 month adult lifespans. Larvae feed on organic materials within the soil rather than live plant roots and reached maturity in roughly 50 days. Natural enemies include wasps (
Scolia spp.) that attack larvae, a variety of birds, and Aspergillus fIavus (a fungus that sometimes infects adults).”
We have been getting numerous comments lately from Australia regarding the Blue Flower Wasp, an Australian Scoliid Wasp, indicating they have plentiful prey, the larvae of Scarab Beetles.

Thanks so much! I think you are on the money!
Although, I am a little fascinated they are just sticking to the eggplants, and ignoring the other delights, such as the mango tree!
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Subject:  Beetle identity please
Geographic location of the bug:   Johannesburg South Africa
Date: 01/14/2019
Time: 12:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello. This beetle is nesting in an oak tree could you please help identify it?
How you want your letter signed:  Trudi

Flower Chafer: Dicranorrhina derbyana

Dear Trudi,
This beautiful Scarab Beetle is one of the Fruit and Flower Chafers, and adults often feed on foods high in sugar.  We suspect this individual might be feeding on plant sap.  We found a matching image in our archives of  
Dicranorrhina derbyana which we are confident is also your species.

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