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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Zimbabwe, Africa
December 8, 2016 3:29 am
Dear Bugman,
Please can you tell me what this bug is?
Signature: Bugman

Orange Spotted Fruit Chafer

Orange Spotted Fruit Chafer

This spectacular Scarab Beetle is an Orange Spotted Fruit Chafer, Mecynorrhina passerinii.

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Subject: ODD ivory colored insect that bites
Location: Mississippi
November 13, 2016 4:39 pm
My son was bitten by what he called a “mean caterpillar”. However, I don’t believe it is a caterpillar. I have no idea what this insect might be. Please help.
Thank you,
The Parker’s
Signature: Alicia

Scarab Beetle Grub

Scarab Beetle Grub

Dear Alicia,
This is the grub of a Scarab Beetle, probably one of the June Beetles.  There is no concern regarding the bite.

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Subject: A beetle?
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
November 11, 2016 10:06 pm
Just want to know if this kind of bug is known to bite?
Signature: Kim

Oriental Flower Beetle

Oriental Flower Beetle

Dear Kim,
The Oriental Flower Beetle,
Protaetia orientalis, is an introduced species in Hawaii that is considered an invasive species that feeds on fruit.  We would not rule out that it might bite, but its real threat to Hawaiians is not the threat of a bite, but the damage that is done to fruiting trees.

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Subject: Dung Beetle
Location: Laikipia Air Base, Nanyuki, Kenya
October 27, 2016 4:27 am
Hi, Bugman.
Came across this little guy stranded on his (her?) back being attacked by ants in Nanyuki, Kenya. After flipping him over, he seemed determined to either stamp on the ants or crush them with his head. Retribution was his!
Signature: Some British Squaddie

Dung Beetle

Dung Beetle

Dear British Squaddie,
Your Dung Beetle appears to be
Scarabaeus sacer if this image on Alamy is correctly identified.

Thank you for the reply.
Chris Blakey.

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Subject: Lovely little beetle found on Jura
Location: Jura, Scottish Hebridies
October 24, 2016 12:23 pm
Hello!
Please could you identify this beautiful beetle we found in the summer on the way to Barnhill on the isle of Jura?
Many thanks,
Signature: Ruth & Chris Kettle-Frisby

Probably Dung Beetle

Probably Dung Beetle

Dear Ruth & Chris,
We believe this Scarab Beetle is most likely one of the Dung Beetles.

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Subject: Beetle
Location: Sayulita, Nayarit. México
October 2, 2016 1:13 pm
Hello! i found this shiny beetle in the jungle of the coast of Nayarit, México.
Signature: Ana

Shining Leaf Chafer

Shining Leaf Chafer

Dear Ana,
This magnificent Scarab Beetle is a Shining Leaf Chafer in the subfamily Rutelinae, and we are pretty certain it is in the genus Chrysina.  There are only four species represented on BugGuide from North America north of Mexico, but there are additional species in Mexico.  It might be LeConte’s Chrysina,
Chrysina lecontei, which is pictured on BugGuide where it states:  “Considered by New Mexico to be a ‘Species of Greatest Conservation Need'”  Alas, we are unable to provide you with a species identification with any certainty even though 85 species are pictured on the Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles Chrysina Gallery, but another possibility is Chrysina quetzalcoatli which is also pictured on the Chrysina Gallery.  We will attempt to get an expert opinion for you.

Shining Leaf Chafer

Shining Leaf Chafer

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