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Better pics of the Rino, Hope you can use them.

Ed. Note: We have put in a request for Danny to provide additional information on this image. Is he raising the beetles? or were they found in the wild? Only time will tell.

I sent you a few pics last week, they were found in Payson Arizona. I do have 3 males and 5 females. I will try to raise any offspring. The pics sent last week were taken on the spur. in the current photos I was able to use a tripod. How about that bug luv.
Danny Lee

Mating bugs
I saw your page for mating bugs and thought I would give you an even better (and funnier) Japanese Beetle picture. I call this….Beetle Orgy!
Monica Ragsdale

Hi Monica,
Your photo speaks for itself. We especially like the voyeur. Your photo could compromise our recent good reputation with Elementary Schools as well as religious fanatics.

Rainbow Scarab photos
Hello, I work for the US Forest Service. This insect blew in my car window as I was driving down the road yesterday, right outside the Silver Mines Recreation Area in southeast Missouri (outside Fredericktown). It took me most of the evening to identify it, finally, from one of your web pages. It’s beautiful. Here are three photos we took in the office. Sorry it’s dead, we were preparing to send it in to our University Extension office before we found your site.

Happy September,
We haven’t gotten a photo of this colorful Dung Beetle in quite a while. Your male Phanaeus vindex, whose sex is identified thanks to his long curved horn, is indeed beautiful. One would never guess that they are one of nature’s garbage collectors, burying animal dung as a larval food source.

Love Bug
Hello Again, I hope all is well. This is a very common insect at the conservation area. The shell is a beautiful copper colour – the photo does not do it justice. Today it was extremely hot and humid and after a brief rain all the insects – moths, butterflies, and everything else that crawls or flies was mating!! Take Care,

Hi Janet,
Though your photograph is lovely, it will have rose growers cringing. The Japanese Beetle, Popillia japonica, was first discovered in New Jersey in 1916, and the introduced species quickly spread throughout the eastern states. The grubs live underground in lawns where they eat grass roots, and adults emerge in mid summer to devour roses, fuschias, and other ornamental blooms.

More unidentified critters
I photographed three of these on recent trips to Arkansas. Hoping you could help me identify them.

Hi again Rus,
We checked with Eric Eaton on your scarab beetle and here is what he wrote back: “If the scarab is from North America, it has to be a male Polyphylla sp. (ten-lined june beetles, though some species lack the stripes).” So you have an Unlined Ten-Line June Beetle.

Large black beetle? Can you help Identify?
My children and I have found a large black beetle on our deck and don’t know if he fell out of the tree or flew to get there, but found it very interesting. They are very interested in finding out what type of bug he is, so can you help us. I am sending some pictures of him to help you out.

This is a Scarab Beetle, and we believe it is the Odor of Leather Beetle, AKA Hermit Flower Beetle, Osmoderma eremicola, which may be confirmed on BugGuide.