Sometimes, people wander into the office with unusual insects and are curious to know what they are. They want assurance about what they are not. A a young gentleman arrived with a beetle in a zip lock bag. “Can you tell me what it is?” It was obviously a beetle, a scarab and a hairy one at that. The beetle was spotted on a hot tub cover in South Bend, IN. It was almost smashed on the thought it might be a stink bug (Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are common in Indiana). However, this beetle was unusual because it was a bumble bee mimic, and maybe would be of interest to others. So he gave it to his neighbor who brought it by.
The Bumble Flower Beetle, Euphoria inda, overwinters as an adult and emerges in early spring when the temperatures warm. Like other Euphoria, they dwell in soil or rotting logs. Euphoria inda is reported to form large swarms under ideal conditions. I have not seen swarms of Bumble Flower Beetles, but swarms of Euphoria herbacea are common. There have been several reports of them in the Midwest recently, so maybe this is their year.