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Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Ontario, Canada
Date: 07/19/2021
Time: 08:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi bugman. These bugs seems to love my raspberry’s, they also love loving on the leaves(as you can see). Do you know what they are?
How you want your letter signed:  Sincerely, Andrew

Japanese Beetles Mating and Eating Raspberries

Dear Andrew,
Let us introduce you to the Japanese Beetle, a species loathed by American gardeners, especially those who grow roses, for over 100 years.  According to BugGuide:  “earliest record in our area: NJ 1916.”

Subject:  What’s this beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern New Jersey, USA
Date: 07/01/2021
Time: 05:28 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My cat found this Beetle on the floor in my house, can you help me ID it? Can’t say I’ve seen this one before. Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  From Joshua Topp

Odor of Leather Beetle

Hi Joshua,
You did not mention if this beetle smelled like leather.  It looks to us like
Osmoderma eremicola which is pictured on BugGuide and which is commonly called the Odor of Leather Beetle because according to BugGuide it has a:  “strong odor of ‘Russian Leather'”.  The Odor of Leather Beetle was our Bug of the Month back in September 2015.

Odor of Leather Beetle

Subject:  Unknown bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Lancaster california
Date: 06/28/2021
Time: 11:14 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug was found in our front yard tonight.  Its the same size as a june bug, but i have never seen anything like it.
Lancaster is in the high desert.
How you want your letter signed:  Scott

Ten Lined June Beetle

Dear Scott,
This is a “June Bug.”  This is one of Daniel’s favorite summer sightings, a Ten Lined June Beetle,
Polyphylla decemlineata.  Daniel first encountered a Ten Lined June Beetle in the eighties hiking in the Angeles Forest.  Then when he began teaching at Art Center in 2002, he would see them attracted to lights at the hillside campus during the summer, but it was not until 2015 that he first encountered one in the Mount Washington offices of What’s That Bug?  Since then there are yearly sightings of multiple individuals.  Your individual is a female.  The male Ten Lined June Beetle has much more According to BugGuide:  “Larvae live in soil.  Adults are attracted to lights at night.”  According to Wiki Bugwood:  “Eggs are laid in soil and larvae of the tenlined June beetle feed on plant roots. They have a wide host range and are known to chew on grasses, perennials, trees and shrubs. (On rare occasion they can cause significant damage to roots of woody plants, with pines being most often injured.) In fall, grubs preparing to overwinter move deeply into the soil, returning near the soil surface with returning warm soil temperatures in spring. In the spring of the third season after eggs are laid pupation is completed and the adults emerge. Although the tenlined June beetle causes little plant injury it is an impressively large, well-marked insect that commonly attracts interest. Furthermore, adults when disturbed can produce an impressive defensive display, hissing loudly by forcefully expelling air from their spiracles. This may also be accompanied by male beetles spreading and fanning out their large clubbed antennae. However, the insects are harmless.”

Ten LIned June Beetle

Subject:  Goldsmith Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Zimmerman, MN North America USA
Date: 06/01/2021
Time: 01:00 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, this is the second time I’ve encountered what I believe to be a goldsmith Beetle. Coolest bug ever. The first time was in the backyard a couple of years ago. The second time, was tonight, waiting for me at the front door. I brought it in to show my mother, she was not a fan. I put it back outside to carry on.
How you want your letter signed:  S. Botzet

Goldsmith Beetle

Dear S. Botzet,
Thanks so much for sending in your awesome images of a Goldsmith Beetle, the beetle allegedly the fictional Gold Bug of Edgar Allen Poe fame.  Your timing is perfect for us to select your letter as the Bug of the Month for June 2021.  The Goldsmith Beetle is described on BugGuide as “A large yellow/green scarab with no elytral markings. Elytra has irregular rows of punctures.”

Goldsmith Beetle

Subject:  Blue green beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Central NC USA
Date: 03/13/2021
Time: 03:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Looking for a name.
How you want your letter signed:  ?

Splendid Earth Boring Dung Beetle

We believe we have correctly identified your beetle as a Splendid Earth Boring Dung Beetle, Geotrupes splendidus, thanks to images posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide it is “Bright green, purplish black, or sometimes light blue. Pronotum coarsely, unevenly punctate. Elytral striae with distinct punctures.”

Splendid Earth Boring Dung Beetle

Subject:  Cicada???
Geographic location of the bug:  Delaware April 6
Date: 04/08/2021
Time: 10:44 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you tell me what this is?
How you want your letter signed:  Robin

Scarab Grub

Our Auto-response: Thank you for submitting your identification request.
Please understand that we have a very small staff that does this as a labor of love. We cannot answer all submissions (not by a long shot). But we’ll do the best we can!

Please help me.  I am trying to get this Id so I can send to local paper who wants it if it is a cicada.
Enjoy Life,
Robin Coventry

Scarab Grubs

Dear Robin,
We suspect your urgent identification request is related to the imminent appearance of the Brood X Periodical Cicadas, sometimes called 17-Year Locusts though they are not true locusts.  CicadaMania has information on Brood X which last appeared in 2004, when we were but a fledgeling website.  These are not immature Cicadas.  You did not indicate where they were located.  These are Beetle Grubs.  We suspect they may have been found in or near a rotting stump and we believe, due to their size, that they may be the Grubs of Eastern Hercules Beetles.  Here is an image from BugGuide of Eastern Hercules Beetle Grubs.  The adult male Hercules Beetle is an impressive creature, the heaviest North American Beetle.