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Subject:  Beetle with earslike antennas
Geographic location of the bug:  Carpathian Mountains, Romania
Date: 07/21/2019
Time: 03:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  The beetle makes a screeching sound and has a strong grip. Was attracted by light
How you want your letter signed:  Raz

Pine Chafer

Dear Raz,
The sounds this Pine Chafer makes by rubbing together parts of its body is called stridulation.

Subject:  Beetles on squash and tomatoes
Geographic location of the bug:  Williamsburg, MA
Date: 07/19/2019
Time: 09:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi these beetles appeared overnight in my vegetable garden in Western Massachusetts, particularly on my tomatoes and squash. I’ve never seen them before and haven’t found them on the internet. Any ideas what they are and how I can get rid of them? Thanks in advance!
How you want your letter signed:  Laura Garcia

Oriental Beetle

Dear Laura,
This sure looks like the invasive, exotic Oriental Beetle,
Exomala orientalis, to us.  We do not provide extermination advice, but the CABI Invasive Species Compendium has some information you might find helpful.

Subject:  Cedar beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Barrie Ontario Canada
Date: 07/19/2019
Time: 10:50 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Just wanting to know what this cool looking, moose antler, beetle is.
How you want your letter signed:  Stacey

June Beetle

Dear Stacey,
Though it looks similar, this is not a Cedar Beetle.  It is a Lined June Beetle, probably a Variegated June Beetle,
Polyphylla variolosa, which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Eggs are laid on soil near host plants. Larvae hatch, burrow down and feed on roots of shrubs, trees, require 2-3 years to reach maturity. Pupation is in underground chambers. Adults come to lights.”

Subject:  Beetle eating my grape leaves
Geographic location of the bug:  SC Kentucky
Date: 07/15/2019
Time: 05:32 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These beetles showed up almost over night and are eating all the leaves of what I think are grapes.
How you want your letter signed:  Brad Beach

Japanese Beetles feeding on grape leaves

Dear Brad,
Because they will eat the blossoms and leaves of so many prized garden plants including roses, blackberries and peaches as well as your grape vines, Japanese Beetles are among the most reviled, introduced species that affect home gardeners.  According to Featured Creatures:  “
More than 300 species of plants are known to be host to Japanese beetle.”  Your array of images makes for a perfect Japanese Beetle posting, including the image of the mating pair and the documentation of the damage to leaves, which Pearl calls “lace doilies.”

Mating Japanese Beetles

“Lace Doilies”:  Grape leaves eaten by Japanese Beetles

Subject:  Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Michigan
Date: 07/11/2019
Time: 05:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Was wondering what kind of beetle this is? Have Japanese beetles also.
How you want your letter signed:  Kristine Degrace

Oriental Beetle

Dear Kristine,
In addition to Japanese Beetles, you also have Oriental Beetles,
Exomala orientalis, which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “native to E. Asia, adventive in NA (*NS-GA to ON-WI-*MO), and spreading.”

Subject:  Identification of beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Gujarat, india
Date: 06/30/2019
Time: 05:40 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Studying entomology
How you want your letter signed:  Ekta

Scarab Beetle:  Protaetia aurichalcea

Dear Ekta,
We believe we have correctly identified this Scarab Beetle as
Protaetia aurichalcea thanks to images on PXHere.  It is also pictured on India Biodiversity Portal.