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Subject:  Interesting Tenebrionid that needs an ID…
Geographic location of the bug:  Belize, Central America
Date: 12/16/2017
Time: 11:36 PM EDT
Hi bugman! In August 2017, we collected this beautiful Tenebrionid in Central Belize in the Northern Maya Mountains. Elevation at this site is about 700-ft and it is primarily Tropical Broadleaf Forest. I thought I would put it up on your site to see if anyone may have an ID for it or at least some direction we could go for an ID. And yes, we did have a collecting permit from Belize plus a 3-177 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the collections. Thank you very much.
How you want your letter signed:  David Wyatt

Unknown Darkling Beetle

Dear David,
We are posting your Darkling Beetle image as requested.  This is sure a brightly colored Darkling Beetle.  We hope you are able to eventually get a correct identification.

Thank you very much Daniel.
I too hope that someone might have an idea…not too many Tenebrionids have this kind of coloring.  It’s rapidly turned into one of my favorite beetles that we’ve captured in Belize.  We are working on a project to develop a virtual collection of insects of Belize and have so far had four bioblitzes (entomology) down there and brought back to the University of California Davis over 200,000 specimens.  An exciting project.
Thanks again.
Dave Wyatt
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Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Brazil
Date: 12/07/2017
Time: 04:24 PM EDT
Can you identify this?
How you want your letter signed:  Manuela

Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Manuela,
This is a Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar in the family Saturniidae.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to supply a species identification.

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Subject:  Can anybody help me with the ID of this katydid nymph
Geographic location of the bug:  Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Date: 12/12/2017
Time: 05:58 PM EDT
I’m trying to find the name of this little bug. It was around 3 cm long. I know katydids are hard to identify and it is even more difficult when they are nymphs, but this one had blue eyes and pronotum.  Hope you can help me.
How you want your letter signed:  Dariel Sanabria Q. / Artrópodos de Costa Rica

Blue-Eyed Katydid Nymph

Dear Daniel,
Your image of this blue-eyed Katydid nymph is beautiful.  Nymphs can be difficult to correctly identify.  We did not have any luck locating any similar looking nymphs on the internet.  We will write to Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can provide an identification.

Thank you! Hope Piotr can find its ID.
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Subject:  Mystery Beetle in Australia
Geographic location of the bug:  Australia
Date: 12/06/2017
Time: 04:50 PM EDT
I am a highschool senior who is very fascinated by insects. I plan to study entomology in graduate school. So, naturally all of the members of my family send ME bug questions and want bugs identified. I usually can do well on my own, but the latest bug has me stumped.
My uncle’s friend took the picture attached. Unfortunately, the beetle is facing away. They said it was the size of a quarter. Locals called it a “Christmas Beetle”, but I don’t think that is true because Christmas beetles (like  Anoplognathus) don’t have the pointed abdomen and long antennae pictured.
If you need more specific geography, I can probably get more details from my uncle, so just ask. Hope you can help!
How you want your letter signed:  Confused Nephew

Unknown Beetle: Possibly Pleasing Fungus Beetle

Dear Confused Nephew,
Can you please ask your uncle if there are any images showing the front of this unusual beetle.  Our best guess at this time is that this might be a Pleasing Fungus Beetle in the family Erotylidae, and we are basing that on its shape and the antennae.  The humpback is a characteristic shared with other Pleasing Fungus Beetles from North and South America.  The golden green, metallic coloration of your individual is beautiful.  This is NOT a Christmas Beetle, members of the Scarab Beetle family.  Our second guess is that it might be a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae or a Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae.  Perhaps one of our astute readers will be able to assist in this identification.  More specific geography might help.

Thanks for the response! I am in the process of getting more information from him right now. I am so glad that I was right about it not being a Christmas beetle. I hope we can figure this out!

Update:  December 9, 2017
Cesar Crash led us to this eBay posting that has an obviously misidentified family, but Cesar believed the genus might be correct because of this South American posting on Coleoptera Neotropical and a noting that the family is Chalcodryidae.  The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand indicates that is a new family designation, and if members of the family are found in New Zealand, there is a good chance there are members in Australia.  iNaturalist has some images of family members in New Zealand, and Wikipedia indicates the family is classified in the superfamily Tenebrionoidea.

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Subject:  what caterpillars are these
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Cape
Date: 11/29/2017
Time: 06:24 AM EDT
Please help ID.
How you want your letter signed:  andrew

Giant Silkmoth Caterpillars

Dear Andrew,
These are Giant Silkmoth Cateperpillars, sometimes called Emperor Moth Caterpillars, but we have not been able to locate a species match.  Perhaps one of our readers will have some luck.

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Subject:  Coleoptera larva?
Geographic location of the bug:  Serengeti in Tanzania
Date: 11/30/2017
Time: 02:58 PM EDT
I’m not sure but possibly it’s a coleopteran larva. I’ve been searching by Internet but it’s been impossible to find any larva like this one.
Can you help me?
It was in may 2016.
How you want your letter signed:  Ferran Lizana

Larva, probably Beetle Larva

Dear Ferran,
Except for butterflies and moths, there is often not much documentation available on immature insects.  We agree this is probably a beetle larva.  We are posting the image and perhaps our readers will want to take a stab at this identification.

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