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Subject:  Blue beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Homestead , FL
Date: 09/10/2018
Time: 07:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found about 15-20 of  these pairing up in the hedges near the Dante Fascell visitor center of biscayne National Park. Can you give me an ID?
How you want your letter signed:  Lisa

Stink Bug

Dear Lisa,
These are not Beetles.  They are Stink Bugs and we identified them as
Murgantia violascens thanks to BugGuide where it states the range is:  “FL / W. Indies, BG records are from Key West.”  The species is also pictured on iNaturalist.

Stink Bug

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Subject:  Blister Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Potholes State Park, Grant County, WA
Date: 09/06/2018
Time: 09:21 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Spotted several unusual beetles on vegetation in the process of conducting a cultural resource technical visit.  While not an entymologist, some google research suggests that the beetles are Lytta magister (also known as the desert blister beetle or master blister beetle). If so, they seem a little out of their defined range and season; as they are reportedly out in the spring. I see that someone in WA came across one in 2011 http://myhorseforum.com/threads/blister-beetles.152491/page-2
Invasive species? Climate change?
How you want your letter signed:  Mr.? not sure what is meant by this question

Lytta vulnerata mating

Dear Mr,
We would have also concluded that these appear to be Master Blister Beetles, but additional research on BugGuide led to images of the closely related
Lytta vulnerata which is reported from Washington.  We cannot distinguish any appreciable differences in their appearance, so we are basing the identification solely on the reported range of the species.  That research also led us to a sighting on our own site that should also be corrected.

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Subject:  Unknown bug in Africa, Namibia
Geographic location of the bug:  Impalila Island, Namibia  Coordinates: -17.7747615 25.1709266
Date: 09/06/2018
Time: 07:44 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you identify this insect.  I have searched for many hours and could not find a match on the web.   See the photo.
It was photographed at this location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/17°46’29.1″S+25°10’15.3″E/@-17.7745962,25.1703406,19z/
How you want your letter signed:  Robert Zinn

Welwitschia Bugs Mating

Dear Robert,
These are mating Red Bugs in the family Pyrrhocoridae and we identified them as Welwitschia Bugs,
Probergrothius angolensis, thanks to FlickR Hiveminer and Stanford EDU.  The species is also pictured on iNaturalist.

Daniel,
It appears that this bug should really identified as Probergrothius sexpunctatus on your website.  It is commonly misidentified as Probergrothius angolensis.
I base this on the content of the Naturalist site link you provided and the Similar Species tab on that page.  You may want to correct your website entry.
Thank you for your time in identifying the bug.
-Robert Zinn

Thanks for catching that Robert.  We will also link to the iNaturalist page.  We try our best to be as accurate as possible, and with DNA analysis becoming the latest tool for scientists to use in separating species, many changes are occurring in taxonomic classification.  We have no entomological background, so many postings on our site likely contain identification errors.  At least we had the genus correct and we were able to steer you in the direction of the identification you requested.

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Subject:  Goldenrod Soldier Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Omaha, Nebraska
Date: 08/29/2018
Time: 03:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was told this is a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle. I’m not sure what they are, and if they are destructive. I used to get a ton of bees on this sedum. Now I get these Beetles doing the wild thing.
How you want your letter signed:  Alissa Apel
anapeladay.com

Mating Goldenrod Soldier Beetles

Hi again Alissa,
We don’t believe there is any connection between the disappearance of the Bees and the appearance of Goldenrod Soldier Beetles, a species that will not harm your garden.  According to BugGuide, there diet is:  “Adult: pollen and nectar of fall flowers, esp. goldenrod (
Solidago); larvae feed on locust eggs, insect larvae, cucumber beetles, and other Diabrotica spp.”  Given the predatory nature of the larvae, we consider Goldenrod Soldier Beetles to be a beneficial species.

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Subject:  What is the Scientific name of this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Hemet California
Date: 08/28/2018
Time: 10:17 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you help me identify the bug in the accompanying picture
How you want your letter signed:  doesn’ matter

Mating Small Milkweed Bugs

These are mating Small Milkweed Bugs, Lygaeus kalmii.  They are a benign species that does not harm plants in the garden.

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Ed. Note:  Mel Frank sent us this romantic couple of native Mantids in the genus Stagmomantis from his archives for your viewing pleasure.  We had been hearing about these images for some time and we are happy we are finally getting to post some Bug Love on a Woody Plant.  We are not sure if they are California Mantids or Bordered Mantids as both species are found in Southern California.

Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 09/16/2016
Time: Dusk
How you want your letter signed:  Mel Frank

Mating Mantids

Mating Mantids

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