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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.
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

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.”

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.

Subject:  Hairy, flying Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Michigan, USA
Date: 05/05/2019
Time: 10:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  this bug was loud as it buzzed by my head. Landed in mulch and burrowed in. I uncovered it to take pics – then it flew away. I regret, i was not able to get a pic while it was in flight.
It is about the size of a large bumble bee. Hairy body and legs beneath an oval shell. Six legs. Flecks of orange and brown on a shell with slight ivory stripes? Red dot above head. Front end and head are Black.
Many thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Ab

Bumblebee Flower Beetle

Dear Ab,
We identified your Bumblebee Flower Beetle,
Euphoria inda, in Beetles of North America by Arthur V. Evans where we learned “Adults often fly close to the ground, especially over piles of grass, edges of haystacks, compost piles, manure, and other plant debris.  They drink sap from the wounds on tree trunks and exposed roots, or feed on various flowers and ripe fruits.  According to BugGuide where it is called the Bumble Flower Beetle:  “Adults emerge in the late summer, overwinter, and then become active in the early spring, thus the bimodal curve in activity.”

Bumblebee Flower Beetle

Subject:  What is this??
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern california
Date: 04/29/2019
Time: 09:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I keep finding these in my soil when I am planting. They are usually a couple inches under the soil. Lived here 23 yrs and never saw them. This spring I’ve already found about 40. Should I be worried??
How you want your letter signed:  Worried gardener

Scarab Beetle Grub

Dear Worried gardener,
Though we cannot provide you with a definitive species, this is definitely the grub of a Scarab Beetle.  Many species of June Beetles have grubs that feed on the roots of grasses. 

Subject:  Yet another Goldsmith “Bug” !
Geographic location of the bug:  Gloucester, Va
Date: 04/26/2019
Time: 03:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I wrote you back in 2015 when I found my 1st Goldsmith beetle. I have since found at least 1 or 2 each year in the same location… My garage!  Of course they are always moved to safety in the backyard, just as this one that I found today has been.  Just thought I’d share another picture of this glorious find!
How you want your letter signed:  Holly G

Goldsmith Beetle

Dear Holly G,
How wonderful to hear about your yearly Goldsmith Beetle sightings, though we have not been able to locate your 2015 request in our archives.  Because of your “catch and release” policy, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Goldsmith Beetle

Wonderful! Thank you so much!!