Currently viewing the category: "Scarab Beetles"
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  San diego
Date: 10/15/2018
Time: 05:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
A month or two ago these beetles were flying all over the place . Now they are mostly gone but I found this little guy the other day. I’m wondering what he is? I’m guessing fig eater or green June bug but I’m don’t know which and I’d like to know. Is it possible he’s different from the ones that were all over the place a few months ago? I’m trying to draw one and I’d like to label it correctly.  Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Natalie

Figeater

Dear Natalie,
Figeater and Green June Beetle are both acceptable common names for
Cotinis nitida, according to BugGuide.  Since common names are often regional, and might differ from place to place, and since the same common name might be used for different species, your most accurate label would be to use the scientific name.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Electric Green Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Cozumel Mexico
Date: 10/02/2018
Time: 10:38 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey guys!
I found this little guy (he’s one inch long from his face to his back end) on the sidewalk and was wondering what he is exactly.
I’ve never seen one so vibrant in person before.
How you want your letter signed:  Aaron Edgar

Unknown Scarab Beetle

Dear Aaron,
We have been trying intermittently, to identify your green Scarab Beetle for days, but the best we can do at this time is provide you with the family Scarabaeidae.  Though it superficially resembles the Green Fruit Beetle or Figeater, we do not believe your individual is in the same genus,
Cotinis.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Unknown Scarab Beetle

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Strange winged beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Near Raleigh, NC
Date: 09/17/2018
Time: 12:19 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug is stuck between my window and screen. Nocturnal? Difficult to get a photo. Looked like a black beetle until he opened his wings.
How you want your letter signed:  Curious in NC

Dung Beetle

Dear Curious in NC,
This is an Earth Boring Scarab Beetle in the family Geotrupidae, and it really resembles this member of the genus
Geotrupes pictured on BugGuide.  They are often called Dung Beetles.

Daniel,
Thank you! It was fascinating to watch him. I appreciate the information.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Green Beetle with bushy looking legs: definitely can fly.
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern CA – Sunnyvale.
Date: 08/21/2018
Time: 09:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This guy was hanging out in my compost bin with friends.  My guess is that they were grubs and just emerged.  Are they Japanese Beetles?
Thx
How you want your letter signed:  Chuck

Figeater with Phoretic Mites

Dear Chuck,
Your beetle is a Figeater, a Green June Beetle that is quite common in California.  The larvae, known as Crawlybacks, are often found in compost piles.  The “bushy looking legs” you mentioned are of great interest to us.  They look like phoretic Mites that often use large beetles like Sexton Beetles as transportation from location to location.  We have an image in our archives of some eastern Green June Beetles with phoretic Mites.

Thanks Daniel,
I can grab one of the beetles for you?  I closed the lid and they are still there.  I usually turn the pile over quite often but have been away for travel: when I opened the lid, those guys were hanging out.
Thanks again.
Chuck

Thanks for the offer Chuck, but we have plenty of Figeaters in Southern California.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  We found a bug in the screen door and don’t know what it is
Geographic location of the bug:  Rapid city South Dakota usa, around 9:30 am during summer
Date: 08/10/2018
Time: 12:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Pleaseeee help me I really want to know what this is! Anything you can do to help
How you want your letter signed:  I don’t care, just please help

Earth Boring Scarab Beetle

This is an Earth Boring Scarab Beetle in the family Geotrupidae, and we have identified it as a member of the genus Bolbocerosoma thanks to BugGuide, but we cannot provide a species identification at this time. 

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  San Antonio, TX
Date: 08/07/2018
Time: 11:11 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this dirt egg and picked it up and felt something moving inside .. What is it? It was under some Walnut slabs of wood and leaves I was cleaning up..
How you want your letter signed:  Bugman?

Ox Beetle Pupa

This is the pupa of a horned Scarab Beetle, and we believe it looks identical to this Ox Beetle pupa in the genus Strategus that is pictured on BugGuide.  The “dirt egg” is the pupal chamber.

Ox Beetle Pupa

Many thanks as I put the pics on Facebook as a challenge to identify…

Ox Beetle Pupal Chamber

 

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination