unknown cool-looking bug
March 26, 2011 1:07 pm
I chanced upon this bug at around ten at night. The manner in which it was flying initially reminded me of a firefly, which was laidback and unhurried. It was, however, bigger than a firefly. I’d say that it was in the range of 6 to 7 centimetres, or approximately 3 inches, in length. I would love to know what it’s called, so please help!
This is a Metallic Wood Boring Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and they are commonly called Jewel Beetles because of their coloration and markings. We will try to identify your species. We did a bit more searching and we believe your beetle may be Chrysochroa bouqueti based on the Buprestidae of Indo-Malaysia, Indochina and Philippines website.