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Subject:  Interesting beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Dalton, Ga. United States
Date: 06/29/2019
Time: 12:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw this little beetle flying around,  when it landed I noticed a pattern and have not seen this type before.  Probably a half inch in size.
How you want your letter signed:  JoshP

Dark Flower Scarab

Dear JoshP,
Based on this BugGuide image and others, we are confident that you encountered a Dark Flower Scarab,
Euphoria sepulcralis, and according to BugGuide “Spangled Flower Beetle” is another common name with the justification “Common name proposed here, ‘spangled’ is a coinage, based on white marks scattered on dark elytra. ‘Dark Flower Scarab’ is also an appropriate common name.”  According to Featured Creatures:  “Little is known about the biology of this species, especially of the immature stages. …  In Florida, adults have been collected in all months except October and December, with peak summer abundance in August, at least in Alachua County (Landolt 1990). Adults are found on flowers, where they apparently are pollen feeders, at fermenting sap flows, and on ripe or decaying fruit.”

I agree,  thank you so much for your help!
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Subject:  What kind of beetle is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Abingdon, MD
Date: 06/21/2019
Time: 06:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  First day of summer and the weather is perfect – 80 degrees and no humidity! I found this by my ornamental pond today when I was checking on the gazillion tadpoles we have growing in there. We normally don’t get beetles this big. It’s about 1.5″ long and fat! It’s bottom and underside are reddish in color. It didn’t seem like it could fly and I don’t know if it even had wings. Very cute bug though! It’s too early for the Japanese beetles which usually come in July. Just wondering what it is. Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  C. Baker

Carrot Beetle

Dear C. Baker,
We believe this Scarab Beetle is a Carrot Beetle,
Tomarus gibbosus, based on images posted to BugGuide.  There are additional images on iNaturalist.

Carrot Beetle

Carrot Beetle

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Subject:  beetle identity
Geographic location of the bug:  Cornwall
Date: 06/17/2019
Time: 06:07 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I came across this large Beetle recently while shopping in St Austell Cornwall, my local town. I would love to identify it, can you help pleae? I did not move or touch it, it was on the pavement
Thank you
How you want your letter signed:  Peter McCormick

Billy Witch

Dear Peter,
This is a Cockchafer or Billy Witch.

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Subject:  Super Close ups of Robber Fly
Geographic location of the bug:  Ellijay, GA
Date: 06/11/2019
Time: 08:23 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My son excitedly for this guy and we Scored some great shots of this guy June 10, 2019.  He didn’t seem to mind that I was interrupting his dinner. Would love to know the species.
Enjoy!
How you want your letter signed:  Melissa

Beelike Robber Fly eats Japanese Beetle

Dear Melissa,
Your son’s images are wonderful and an excellent addition to our Food Chain tag.  This is a Beelike Robber Fly in the genus
Laphria, and it is feeding on an invasive, exotic Japanese Beetle, the scourge of many gardeners.  Because of the yellow hairs on the abdomen and legs, and because of your location, we believe this is Laphria macquarti based on this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Seems to prefer small beetles, but would eat other insects, even other robber flies” which further supports our tentative identification.

Beelike Robber Fly eats Japanese Beetle

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Subject:  Mystery Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Potomac, Maryland
Date: 06/09/2019
Time: 09:50 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We always try to identify insects we find. But we’ve been unable to ID this particular insect, which we believe is a beetle. We’ve looked in 2 different guides, but no match. Can you help us?
How you want your letter signed:  Caleb & Adam

Oriental Beetle

Dear Caleb & Adam,
We identified this Invasive Exotic Oriental Beetle,
Exomala orientalis, thanks to Beetles of Eastern North America by Arthur V. Evans.  Here is a matching image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “native to E. Asia, adventive in NA (*NS-GA to ON-WI-*MO)(*BG data), and spreading” and “earliest US records: 1920s.”

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Subject:  what is this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  South Central Kentucky
Date: 05/12/2019
Time: 05:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  found this bug in my garage – wonder if it bites and if dangerous
How you want your letter signed:  Julie

Dung Beetle

Dear Julie,
This is a beneficial Dung Beetle.  All around the world, Dung Beetles help to clean up animal feces by rolling the fecal matter into a ball, rolling the ball to an appropriate location, digging a hole and laying an egg.  When the egg hatches, the larva feeds on the excrement.  Based on the Blue Jay Barrens site, we believe your Dung Beetle is
Dichotomius carolinus.  The site states:  “The beetle at first appeared to be adorned with pale stripes.  Closer examination revealed the stripes to actually be soil caked into grooves on the wing covers.  Dung Beetle larvae develop in the ground at the bottom of a deep burrow where they feed on a supply of dung placed there by the adult beetle.  The beetles can accumulate soil on their bodies when digging nest burrows or when burrowing out of the soil after pupation.”  Dung Beetles are not dangerous, though the spurs on their legs might pinch if they are carelessly handled.

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