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Subject: Mystery Beetle
Location: Washoe Lake, NV
May 19, 2017 9:51 am
I found this beetle by Washoe Lake near Reno, NV. Not sure what he is or if he’s native or not. Thought it might be a garden chafer beetle but that didn’t seem right. What do you think? Thanks!
Signature: Irene Dickinson

Little Bear Scarab

Dear Irene,
Based on BugGuide images, we are somewhat confident this is a Little Bear Scarab,
Paracotalpa granicollis, and BugGuide data has reports from Nevada.  We do not want to rule out that it might be a related species in the same genus, like Paracotalpa ursina which is pictured on BugGuide and Paracotalpa leonina, though with the latter, BugGuide indicates:  “A very early species, flying in January & February in Mojave desert areas of CA, NV, and AZ.”  

Little Bear Scarab

Gene St. Denis confirms our identification in a comment.
I believe that you have a fine example of a Paracotalpa granicollis.

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Subject: Beetle
Location: Devon
May 4, 2017 4:45 pm
What is this? Is it a beetle or a cockroach
Signature: Nothing


Dear Nothing,
This Scarab Beetle is commonly called a Cockchafer.

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Subject: Bug on Roses on California
Location: Central Valley, Ceres, California
April 18, 2017 4:48 pm
This bug appears only on light colored roses inside the bud and on the outside, what kind of bug is this?
Signature: Michelle

Scarab Beetle

Dear Michelle,
This is some species of Scarab Beetle, but we are unable to provide a species identification at this time.

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Subject: larvae or caterpillar or worm?
Location: Fontana, CA
April 6, 2017 9:29 am
I found this “bug” in the dirt of my flower garden next to the fence. My neighbors have an overflowing abundance of woodchips covering their yard. I think it came from there. Is this a worm, a caterpillar, or a larvae?
Signature: Kachina

Scarab Beetle Grub

Dear Kachina,
This is the Grub of a Scarab Beetle.  If you found it in or near the compost pile, it might be the Grub of a Figeater, commonly called a Crawlyback.

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Subject: Large Spinder
Location: Alvin, Texas
March 23, 2017 8:40 pm
We found this large spider on the front porch eating dinner. Then shortly found what we belive to be the father carrying the eggs on his back. Not sure what it is… if you could please help us identify them that would be cool.
Gulf Coast region
March – early spring
Warm outside
Signature: Robin Kralovetz

Female Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Dear Robin,
The second Spider is a female Wolf Spider and she is carrying Spiderlings, not eggs.  Thanks so much for including the penny for scale as it provides a sense of the difference between the sizes of these two spiders.  The Spider with its prey is a much larger individual.  The carapace looks to us to resemble that of a Fishing Spider (see this BugGuide image) in the genus
Dolomedes rather than a Wolf Spider and Fishing Spiders are larger.  Wolf Spiders in the family Lycosidae and Fishing Spiders in the family Pisauridae are both hunting spiders that do not build webs to snare prey.  We may be wrong, bug we believe the larger spider is a Fishing Spider in the genus Dolomedes.  The prey appears to be a Scarab Beetle.

Fishing Spider eats Scarab Beetle

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Subject: Sedona mystery bug
Location: Sedona arizona
March 5, 2017 8:13 pm
Just curious as to if you know what bug this is. He was seen crawling along the red rocks of cathedral rock all by himself.
Signature: Jaycee

Punctate Little Bear

Dear Jaycee,
This pretty Shining Leaf Chafer is commonly called the Punctate Little Bear,
Paracotalpa puncticollis, based on the Texas Beetle Information site.

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