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Subject:  Large Scarab with Extremely Long Legs
Geographic location of the bug:  South Mississippi
Date: 01/07/2018
Time: 09:15 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi bugman, I am an environmental biology student with a love for all things nature. I’m usually pretty good at identifying animals and insects but this one has stumped me. I found it on a box turtle carcas in a pitcher plant bog/ wetland area. I’m pretty sure it is in the scarab group, but it has acceptionally long legs. The 3rd set are about 1.25 inches long, and the 2nd set are about 1 inch long. I have yet to see it poke its head out but it has 4 little spikes near its mouth.  If you can help me identify this beetle I would really appreciate it! Thank you for your time!
How you want your letter signed:  Jaden

Humpbacked Dung Beetle

Dear Jaden,
We quickly identified your Scarab Beetle as a Humpbacked Dung Beetle,
Deltochilum gibbosum, thanks to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Large, round, dull black beetle. Male has a prominent hump on each elytron. Front tarsi absent. Clypeus has two sets of teeth, the inner ones pointy, the outer rounded (hard to see in photos)” and the habitat is “wooded places; on carrion, dung, rotting fruit, fungi.”   According to Encyclopedia of Life:  “Found in woodlands from Virginia south to Florida and as far west as Texas and Illinois. Also occurs in Mexico.”

Humpbacked Dung Beetle

Dear Bugman,
This is Jaden just emailing you to thank you for identifying my humpback dung beetle! He was very interesting to come into contact with and snap a few pictures of! I appreciate your time and effort! Keep up the good work!
Thank you again,
Jaden

Humpbacked Dung Beetle

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Subject:  Odd ladybug?
Geographic location of the bug:  North Texas – near Sanger
Date: 10/12/2017
Time: 02:56 PM EDT
My husband found this on our porch. I can’t find photos of a ladybug with those fuzzy things on its antenna. Thanks so much!
How you want your letter signed:  Nikie Cotter

Earth Boring Scarab Beetle

Dear Nikie,
This is not a Lady Beetle.  It is an Earth Boring Scarab Beetle in the family Geotrupidae, possibly in the genus
Bolbocerosoma based on images posted to BugGuide.

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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: Badlands NP Beetle
Location: Badlands NP; South Dakota
June 26, 2017 4:29 pm
Hello,
We saw this awesome beetle while hiking along a bison trail in the Sage Creek Wilderness portion of the Badlands NP a couple weeks back. Looks like a scarab beetle (?) We also saw dung beetles along the way 🙂
Thanks!
Signature: D & M Coulter

Rainbow Scarab

Dear D & M Coulter,
This Rainbow Scarab is actually a species of Dung Beetle.  The male Rainbow Scarab has a horn and the female Rainbow Scarab does not.  We cannot tell from your image if this is a male or female as the grass is obscuring the Rainbow Scarab’s head.

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Subject: Large beetle
Location: Hanover County, Virginia
June 28, 2017 10:47 am
I need some identification on this beetle. It was in my skimmer box. It’s very large-over 1″ long, 3/4″ wide, and sits up 1/2″ high. All these measurements are with its hairy legs tucked in. It looks like a rhinoceros beetle except for the stripes.
Signature: Judy Hill

Dung Beetle

Dear Judy,
We believe we have correctly identified your Dung Beetle as
Dichotomius carolinus thanks to the Blue Jay Barrens site where it states:  “The beetle at first appeared to be adorned with pale stripes.  Closer examination revealed the stripes to actually be soil caked into grooves on the wing covers.  Dung Beetle larvae develop in the ground at the bottom of a deep burrow where they feed on a supply of dung placed there by the adult beetle.  The beetles can accumulate soil on their bodies when digging nest burrows or when burrowing out of the soil after pupation.”  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” and “Said to be so strong that it is hard to hold within a clenched fist.”  Your individual appears to possess the “short, blunt horn” indicating it is a male.

Dung Beetle

Oh my goodness!  Thank you so much!  I have searched all the beetle sites and couldn’t find it. It is huge
Thank you again. My 9 yr. old granddaughter saves all the different hugs she finds.
Judy
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Subject: Big heavy afghan beetle
Location: Central Northern Afghanistan
June 1, 2017 7:18 pm
Hello,
Having trouble identifying this big guy. Found in northern Afghanistan (Mazar-i-Sharif) Little larger than the size of a quarter. Slow, clunky walking pattern. Can easily flip himself back upright from being on his back. After being stuck in a box would not open his shell to fly so possibly ground beetle.
Thanks!
Signature: Bill

Dung Beetle

Dear Bill,
This is a Dung Beetle, and though we have not had any luck identifying your Afghan individual, we can tell you that Dung Beetles are found in many parts of the world.  Dung Beetles locate fresh animal droppings and shape it into a ball, rolling it along the ground until they locate a suitable burrow.  Dung Beetles lay eggs upon the fresh dung which serves as food for the developing larva.  Dung Beetles are the inspiration for Egyptian Scarab Beetles that adorn jewelry and hieroglyphics, and they were alleged to move the sun across the sky.  See Egypt About for more information.  We are post-dating your submission to go live to our site later in the month while our editorial staff is on holiday.

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