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Subject:  Need Insect identified
Geographic location of the bug:  Shoreline WA, Boeing Credk Park
Date: 08/18/2021
Time: 06:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Just curious what this might be.  It was on a dead log in Boeing Creek Park in Shoreline
How you want your letter signed:  Lesley Bell

Banded Alder Borer

Dear Lesley,
This gorgeous beetle is a Banded Alder Borer.

Thanks Daniel!  It sure is a striking beetle for sure.  I had never seen one before and am happy to know what kind of beetle it is!

Subject:  Weird bug found at work
Geographic location of the bug:  Grays harbor washington
Date: 08/11/2021
Time: 06:14 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug while I was at work and it’s massive, was probably 2 1/2 almost 3 inches. kinda think it’s a June bug but it doesn’t got the stripes
How you want your letter signed :  What is it?

Unidentified Prionid

We are only able to provide you with a partial identification on your discovery.  This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, and it is a member of the subfamily Prioninae, the Root Borers.  Unfortunately we are unable to provide you with a species name.  Though you submitted three images, one was a red rectangle and one a black rectangle with no insects visible.  The image we posted has many identifying features hidden in the grass.  The gray coloration and lack of thoracic spines are distinctive, but it doesn’t look like any of the species on BugGuide.  Is Grays Harbor a town that gets international ships?  Perhaps one of our readers with more experience will be able to provide a species identification. 

Sorry it wouldn’t let me put anymore pictures on because there wasn’t enough space for 2 pictures but I do have a video and we just got a storage container from China at my work like 4 months ago.

Subject:  Big black bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Czech Republic
Date: 08/09/2021
Time: 12:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Today at 5PM CET we found this guy and we wonder what kind of bug it might be. He was around 5cm long. And his mandibles were pretty big. We tried to look it up ourselves, but not successfuly. Hope you can help although the photos I took aren’t the best quality. Thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  Tess

Prionus coriarius we believe

Dear Tess,
Your beetle is classified as a Long Horned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, and further subclassified as a Root Borer in the subfamily Prioninae.  We believe it is
Prionus coriarius which we found pictured on European Environment Agency which has:  “has very limited information about this species.”


Subject:  Bug ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Washington State central Cascades forest
Date: 08/05/2021
Time: 08:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I can’t find anyone who can ID this insect I saw on a hike last week. Can you help?
How you want your letter signed:  Debbie

Flower Longicorn: Pachyta armata

Dear Debbie,
We first posted an image of this unusual Flower Longicorn,
Pachyta armata, back in 2019 and we spent considerable more time trying to identify it originally.  There is not much information available on this species with no common name.  According to Montana Field Guides:  “We do not yet have descriptive information on this species.  Please try the buttons above to search for information from other sources.”  According to Jungle Dragon:  “This beetle is distributed in USA.”  BugGuide reports sightings along Pacific coast states and Canada.

Subject:  Lion Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Lake Blanca Washington State
Date: 07/26/2021
Time: 04:42 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw that you were looking for photos of this as I was trying to identify it.
How you want your letter signed:  Jason

Lion Beetle

Dear Jason,
Thanks for taking the time to submit your image of a Lion Beetle,
Ulochaetes leoninus, a Longhorned Borer Beetle that is an excellent Bee impersonator.

Subject:  Large green bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Stretham near Ely
Date: 07/23/2021
Time: 07:49 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This large green flying bug landed on me yesterday. Its body was 30-35mm long and it had long curved antenna which do not show up too well on the photo.  Searched on Google to no avail. Could you please identify for me? Any info much appreciated
How you want your letter signed:  John

Musk Beetle

Dear John,
This Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae is commonly called a Musk Beetle, because according to Eakring Birds:  “This is a huge beetle, probably the largest species found in Nottinghamshire. It’s large size struck us when we found this adult on a Sallow trunk in Gamston Wood near Retford in July 2010 and more recently in June 2011 (top two photographs). On the day, we also saw a second beetle alight near the top of another Sallow in the adjacent Eaton Wood. These are believed to be the first site records, but this is a scarce beetle in Nottinghamshire anyway, and it’s stronghold may possibly be along the Trent and Idle Valleys. Named after it’s ability to produce a pleasant smell, Aromia moschata is a beetle that can also produce an audible sound when handled.”   The species is also pictured on FlickR.

Dear Daniel
Thanks for your speedy reply! I did not realise we had such a bug in the UK quite an eye opener! I have bought your book on Kindle so hope this will help me with future identifications. Good hunting!
Best regards
Dear John,
The Curious World of Bugs is not an identification guide, but rather a pop culture introduction to the wonderful world of things that crawl.  I hope you find it entertaining.