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Yellow beetle
May 30, 2010
Hoping you can help me identify this bug.
half hour north of the Twin Cities

Goldsmith Beetle

Dear Nathan,
We believe the Goldsmith Beetle, Cotalpa lanigera, may the loveliest North American beetle.  As a family, we love the Blister Beetles, and the Stag Beetle is quite noble, but for shear beauty, we believe the Goldsmith Beetle takes the cake.  There is much speculation that the Goldsmith Beetle is the Gold Bug of Edgar Allen Poe fame.  You may read more about the Goldsmith Beetle on BugGuide.

Goldsmith Beetle

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