Subject:  Unidentified insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Dummerston, VT
Date: 06/19/2018
Time: 08:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Beautiful, motionless, and about an inch and a half long. Who is our dearly departed friend?
How you want your letter signed:  Amara

Northeastern Sculptured Pine Borer

Dear Amara,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and family members often have beautiful colors and are called Jewel Beetles.  Your individual is a Sculptured Pine Borer in the genus
Calcophora, most likely the Northeastern Sculptured Pine Borer, Chalcophora liberta, which we identified on BugGuide where it is described as being:  “from brilliant metallic coppery orange to dull black; extremely variable in size, dorsal sculpturing, and density of ventral setae; readily distinguished by truncate or rounded elytral apices, small size, and usually bright metallic, orange-green color.”

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Small Beetle – Highly Decorated
Geographic location of the bug:  Northwest Wisconsin
Date: 06/20/2018
Time: 11:57 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This beautiful beetle landed on me while walking in a mixed, mature forest near an open area that had been clearcut logged a couple years back. It’s gorgeous markings were very metallic and it happily explored my hand for awhile allowing us a great look. Neither my husband nor I had ever seen one before. Well! Wouldn’t ya know it that a week later at a beach on the Southern shore of Lake Superior there was another, though this individual did not seem as brilliant as the first.
Would love to know what it is and thank you very much for this fabulous site which my sister discovered and recommended.
How you want your letter signed:  Critter-Loving Lady

Leaf Beetle: Calligrapha species

Dear Critter-Loving Lady,
This is a Leaf Beetle in the genus
Calligrapha, and there are many similar looking species.  Your individual might be Calligrapha rhoda which is picture on BugGuide where it states:  “host: Corylus (hazel).”

Leaf Beetle: Calligrapha species

Hello Daniel Marlos,
Wow! Your reply is about a zillion times faster than anticipated and very much appreciated. Thank you. Can’t wait to explore the data on this genus as well as peruse your excellent site. Truly a treasure it is.
By the way, it made me extremely happy to see What’s That Bug site posts that it is NOT in support of extermination. I’m working very hard to undo any sneaky, lingering crappy mindsets I have about all insects around me. Learning to appreciate, admire and even love their presence has deeply enriched my day to day experiences, though I still struggle when a group happily gangs up in a forage-fest on something I’m also hoping to eat. A lecture of, “Hey! Let’s share everyone!” has so far been pretty ineffectual.
Have a most wonderful day.
Critter-Loving Lady

Subject:  Orange spotted bug in NJ
Geographic location of the bug:  Ocean Grove NJ
Date: 06/19/2018
Time: 06:40 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  When I went out onto the porch this morning, I saw this striking little fellow. What is it? Should I be scared?
How you want your letter signed:  Oceangirl

Red Milkweed Beetle

Dear Oceangirl,
Was there any milkweed growing near the sighting?  This is a Milkweed Longhorn in the genus
Tetraopes, most probably the Red Milkweed Beetle, Tetraopes tetrophthalmus, which is pictured on BugGuide.

That is awesome, I checked the link…that’s the bug!!
PS I am copying my sister Muzz and her husband Mike on this. They live in the rainforest area in Panama and they have some great bugs there.
Muzz and Mike, I saw a strange bug on my porch today and discovered whatsthatbug.com and the bugman.

Daniel, thank you for this great service!
I’m with you on preserving natural habitats and learning more about bugs.
Marilyn
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  What’s That Big?
Geographic location of the bug: Glassell Park
Date: 06/04/2018
Time: 09:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
What’s this bug? It has joined us in the early glassell park evening. Sunglasses for scale.
How you want your letter signed:  Best Locust love

Ten Lined June Beetle

Dear Locust love,
This is a Ten Lined June Beetle.  Our editorial staff just saw one yesterday and we have been seeing them yearly recently.  Our first Mount Washington sighting was 2015.

Update:  June 7, 2018
Just as he was getting ready to leave for a holiday in Ohio, Daniel was visited by this Ten Lined June Beetle at our Mount Washington office.

Ten Lined June Beetle

Subject:  Gold spiked chrysalis
Geographic location of the bug: n South Central Va
Date: 06/18/2018
Time: 06:08 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
Thank you for all of your hard work over the years, I’ve found you again after some time.
I really just want to share with you my photos, it might be something you’ll appreciate.
How you want your letter signed:  From Juicy – Steady as she goes

Variegated Fritillary Chrysalis

Dear Juicy-Steady as she goes,
This beautiful chrysalis is that of a Variegated Fritillary.

Subject:  Mating Cabbage Whites
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 06/18/2018
Time: 11:50 AM EDT
Out editorial staff returned from visiting family in Ohio, and Eric, who picked us up at the airport was kind enough to take this image of mating Cabbage Whites on the huajes tree at the end of the driveway.

Mating Cabbage Whites