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Subject:  What bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Lampedusa, Italy
Date: 10/22/2017
Time: 08:14 AM EDT
I’m currently staying on the island of Lampedusa and seeing some unfamiliar bugs. This was has just appeared on my balcony – I thought it some kind of bee at first but on closer inspection looks more like a furry beetle.
Also, am I better off leaving it or relocating it to an area with shrubs etc?
How you want your letter signed:  Mike

Bumblebee Scarab

Dear Mike,
We are nearly certain that this is a Bumblebee Scarab in the family Glaphyridae.  Here is a Project Noah image of a member of the family and PICSSR has a nice image by YM Zhang that looks very similar to your individual.  Forum Entomologi Italiani has numberous images of members of this family, including this image of
Pygopleurus apicalis.  If you send your images to them and you get a response, please let us know.  According to The Scarabs of the Levant:  “Except for a few species, life histories of the glaphyrids are poorly documented. Adults are often brightly colored, densely setose, active diurnally, and strong fliers. Many species have colored setal bands on the abdomen and resemble various Hymenoptera (bumble bees and metallic bees). They are frequenting flowers (often red Ranuncolacee and Tulipa) and foliage.”

Bumblebee Scarab

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Subject:  Large beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Todos Santos,  Baja California Sur
Date: 10/19/2017
Time: 10:45 PM EDT
Saw this one my front step and removed it to where it climbed a cardon cactus.
Wondering if you could tell me what it is?
How you want your letter signed:  Karin

Elephant Beetle

Dear Karin,
We are not used to seeing Rhinoceros Beetles in the subfamily Dynastinae that are so hairy, but we located this BugGuide image of an Elephant Beetle that looks quite similar to your individual.  According to BugGuide:  “7 spp. of
Megasoma occur in the southwestern United States and Northern Mexico, only one of which occurs in Texas.”  We are confident the genus Megasoma is correct, but we cannot say for certain which species you encountered.  Here is a FlickR image of Megasoma theristes.

Elephant Beetle

Thank you for your prompt reply. Having looked at  FlickR image of Megasoma theristes,  
I am quite confident that it is very close to this one, especially since the location this one was photographed in is very close to Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico.
Karin
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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:  Can you identify this beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central FL
Date: 10/10/2017
Time: 01:05 PM EDT
I found this bug coming out of my bathroom wall. Obviously now I know I have a rotten place near my shower. Can you tell me anything about this beetle and if I may have more where he came from?
How you want your letter signed:  Laura

Triceratops Beetle

Dear Laura,
After some searching on BugGuide, we believe we have correctly identified your Rhinoceros Beetle as
Phileurus truncatus, the Triceratops Beetle.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults come to lights. Larvae in rotten logs, esp. oaks. Adults can live up to two years in captivity.”  BugGuide also notes:  “Woodlands. Adults have been reported causing cabin fires by coming down chimneys, presumably attracted to fireplace smoke and spreading embers.”  According to Arthur V. Evans’ site Beetles of Eastern North America:  “The larvae probably feed on decomposing wood and its associate fungi, while the adults are known to prey on insects and are attracted to lights at night.”

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Subject:  What kind of moth is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Sylmar, California
Date: 10/02/2017
Time: 10:15 PM EDT
What kind of moth is this? I really want to know. Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Anywhere

Lined June Beetle

Dear Anywhere,
This is not a moth.  It is a Lined June Beetle in the genus
Polyphylla, most likely the Ten Lined June Beetle, a common species found during the summer in Southern California.  This is late in the season for a sighting.  BugGuide does include September sightings in both Arizona and California, but there are no reported October sightings.

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Subject:  Jewel Scarab?
Geographic location of the bug:  Panama Canal Zone
Date: 09/24/2017
Time: 10:38 PM EDT
I found this beetle about 4 years ago while doing research in the forests in the Canal Zone of central Panama. It was dead laying along a stream bank, but I picked it up because I thought it looked cool, and have had it ever since. I’ve tried to find out what it is, but have had no luck. Looks like a jewel scarab, but the scutellum is larger than any I’ve seen. It’s an iridescent green, which turns to a red/orange when light reflects in certain ways. Any idea of what this is?
How you want your letter signed:  Andrew

Macraspis chrysis

Dear Andrew,
You are correct that this is a Scarab Beetle.  Perhaps the reason you didn’t have any luck with an identification is that you were searching for Scarab Beetles from Panama.  Nearby Costa Rica has many of the same insects as does Panama, but since there is more eco-tourism in Costa Rica, there tends to be better online databases for identifying the flora and fauna there.  Our first internet clue as to the identity of your Scarab Beetle was this Beetle Bling INBio posting on Jimmy O’Donnell’s Evolutionary Ecology site.  Though the species is not identified, there is an image from the collection of several dozens of what appears to be your beetle with this caption:  “A single specimen of a gold or silver Scarabs is impressive, but an entire drawer of them, lined up like a frozen army is incommunicably beautiful. Various descriptions were tossed around: gold and silver plated candies, gold doubloons, or ‘Beetle T-1000’.”  We then found an image of Macraspis chrysis on the Beetles (Coleoptera) and coleopterists site and clicking on the image produces this nice enlargement.  The species is also pictured on FlickR.

Macraspis chrysis

Wow! Thanks for the quick reply. I’m happy you were able to identify this particular beetle. Thank you so much for the help. This is a great resource for anyone with questions about a particular insect!

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