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Subject:  Shiny green bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Hungary
Date: 09/08/2017
Time: 05:22 PM EDT
We found this bug on our holiday in Hungary, around the forest near the Balaton Lake. The bug was shiny green when we touched it changed colour.
How you want your letter signed:  Norbert

Green Scarab Beetle

Dear Norbert,
We believe your pretty green Scarab Beetle is a European Rose Chafer, a very different species from the North American Rose Chafer.  Here is an image from Insect Collector’s Shop of
Cetonia aurata pisana which is a dead ringer for your beetle.  Other images can be found on Insecta.Pro and Bio Lib.

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Subject:  green beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Indianapolis, IN
Date: 09/04/2017
Time: 07:53 PM EDT
Found this pretty green beetle outside today. It was fairly big, more than an inch long
How you want your letter signed:  Sarah H

Green June Beetle

Dear Sarah,
Though it is theoretically a Fruit and Flower Chafer, this metallic green beauty,
Cotinis nitida, is commonly called a Green June Beetle.  According to BugGuide, their food is:  “Adults: Pollen; ripening fruits, especially peaches; and the fruit and leaves of many shrubs.   Larvae: roots of many plants including: grasses, alfalfa, vegetables, tobacco, and ornamental plants.”

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Subject:  Is this a type of dung beetle..?
Geographic location of the bug:  St.Louis MO
August 25, 2017
Sitting on my back patio a little west of St.Louis MO when this guy decided to join… Couldn’t see real well at first since my lights were off and it was dark out… thought it was a June bug but when I grabbed it I realized it was quite a bit bigger than a June bug snapped some pics and let it go out by my garden… it was really strong and had pretty unique 8 white or pearl collered lines 4 on the rear of each wing covers… I can’t find anything online that looks like it please help identify…thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Tim H

Dung Beetle

Dear Tim,
This is certainly a Dung Beetle, and we believe based on this BugGuide image, that it is
Dichotomius carolinus.  According to BugGuide:  “A big, black or blackish-brown, and bulky dung beetle. Note prominent striations on elytra, though these are often partly filled with dirt. Pronotum distinctively shaped. Vertex of head has short, blunt horn in male.”

Dung Beetle


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Subject: Southern NH Beatles.
Location: Southern NH
August 4, 2017 3:18 pm
Hi and thank you for providing this site. I’ve got some good pictures (I think) of a beatle. He had lunch with me on my deck today. I’ve looked at a ton of pictures trying to figure out who this little guy is but to no avail, so I have dubbed him Frank for the time being. Do you know Franks official name?
Signature: Erin

Oriental Beetle

Dear Erin,
We identified this Oriental Beetle,
Exomala orientalis, thanks to Arthur V. Evans excellent book Beetles of Eastern North America where it states:  “This immigrant species from Asia is now established from Maine south to Georgia, west to Wisconsin.”  According to BugGuide:  “adults emerge in late June and July.”

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Subject: Chrome coloured beetle
Location: Ontario Canada on Lake Huron
August 4, 2017 4:34 pm
Not exactly sure what these are so I’m curious but I was taking a small hike with a friend and my dogs on the tiger Dunlop trail in Goderich Ontario. It’s a beach town but the parts of the trail we started to see them wasn’t close to water. We saw so many of these guys EVERYWHERE! They seemed as if they were decimating all of the plants as well? Seemed as if the concentration was mostly the wild fruit plants like the raspberries and grapes. It also seemed like they were always also in groups together like they are in the photo I took. Goderich Ontario is in Canada on Lake Huron. I think it’s classified as southwestern Ontario but I’m not certain.
Signature: Thora Bilcke

Mating Japanese Beetles

Dear Thora,
These are Japanese Beetles, an Invasive Exotic species first introduced to North America over a hundred years ago.  As you observed, they feed on many different plants and they represent a scourge to many home gardeners, especially those with a fondness for growing roses.

Hmm that is interesting. This is the first year I’ve ever seen them. Thank you!!

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Subject: This bug thing
Location: Southern California, USA
July 28, 2017 10:53 pm
So I was doing dishes, then I saw my cat playing with this Beatle thing, so I would like to know if I should be concerned or not. It sure looks pretty though! And the climate is about 75 degrees at night and it’s the first time I’ve ever seen a bug like this before.
Signature: With a signature

Ten Lined June Beetle

This is an impressive Ten Lined June Beetle, and his fanlike antennae indicate he is a male.  Ten Lined June Beetles make an audible squeaking noise known as stridulation when they are disturbed.

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