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Subject:  Grapevine Beetle ?
Geographic location of the bug:  NE Minnesota
Date: 07/08/2019
Time: 06:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Just wondering if this might be a grapevine beetle variation?
How you want your letter signed:  Bob

Maculate Flower Scarab

Dear Bob,
While this is not a Grapevine Beetle, this Flower Scarab is in the same family.  We believe we have correctly identified it as a Maculate Flower Scarab,
Gnorimella maculosa, thanks to Arthur V. Evans book Beetles of Eastern North America.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults found on a variety of flowering shrubs and trees, esp. Dogwood, wild rose, other Rosaceae (such as Rubus), tulip-tree (Liriodendron). The beetles presumably take nectar and/or pollen” and “rarely collected…”  We believe this is a new species for our site.

Subject:  Mystery beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Seattle
Date: 07/03/2019
Time: 11:18 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This beetle has been making itself at home on my porchlight for a few days, ignoring spider nests near it. It’s about 2 inches long. Is it native to the NW?
How you want your letter signed:  Shannon

Ten Lined June Beetle

Dear Shannon,
This Ten Lined June Beetle is native to much of western North America.

Subject:  Bugs in my garden .potatoes?
Geographic location of the bug:  Wirtz Virginia
Date: 07/01/2019
Time: 11:13 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Could you please help identify what this bug is? They come out when the day starts to heat up and I have been seeing some of them on my potato plants. I will upload 2 pictures
How you want your letter signed:  Lyn

Green June Beetles

Dear Lyn,
These are Green June Beetles and one appears to be laying eggs.  We do not think they are harming your potatoes.  According to BugGuide food preferences are:  “
Adults: Pollen; ripening fruits, especially peaches; and the fruit and leaves of many shrubs. Larvae: roots of many plants including: grasses, alfalfa, vegetables, tobacco, and ornamental plants.”  Adults seem to prefer sugary foods like sap and ripe fruit, and larvae are considered pests that eat the roots of laws grasses.  BugGuide also notes:  “The adults can often be seen in numbers flying just inches over turf.”

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!

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

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.