BEETLE IDENTIFICATION PLEASE
Hi, I’m in Tampa, Florida. I encountered this beetle yesterday while inspecting dead pine trees. He was a friendly bug, about 1.5 inches long and 1⁄2 inch wide. He allowed me to stroke his back and take his picture (he was probably scared to death I would eat him) LOL. Could you identify him for me so I can research him a bit more. I’ve tried searching on the internet for gray and black beetles of Florida, but was unsuccessful.
Lori Moreda, Natural Resources Code Investigator
What a well camouflaged Buprestid or Metallic Wood Borer Beetle you have there and a wonderful image for Halloween. It is in the genus Chalcophora and is most likely the Sculptured Pine Borer, Chalcophora virginiensis, which can be found on BugGuide.