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Subject: little green beetle
Location: Washington state
November 12, 2014 7:10 pm
Hi!
I’ve been wondering what this beetle is for a while. I live in Washington state, and both photos were taken at the beach in the summer, and both times I spotted the bug on driftwood near the water. I’ve done a few searches to try to find this bug but I cant find a match. At first I though it was an emerald ash borer, which look similar but are definitely not my bug. I hope someone here can help identify my mystery crawly!
Signature: random gal

Golden Buprestid

Golden Buprestid

Dear Random Gal,
When you mistook this beetle for an Emerald Ash Borer, you at least had the correct family Buprestidae, the Metallic Borer Beetles.  We are pretty certain that these are Golden Buprestids,
Buprestis aurulenta, or a very closely related species, and you can compare your images to those on BugGuide.

Golden Buprestid

Golden Buprestid

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Subject: Metallic Wood-boring Beetle?
Location: El Paso, TX
August 24, 2014 2:43 am
I found this beetle dead on a small puddle in my backyard, luckily it was in good condition.
I suspect it is a metallic wood boring beetle, but don’t know what type.
The closest tree to the place where I found it is an old pecan tree, is this a possible host for wood-boring beetle larva?
Signature: RAvila

Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle

Dear RAvila,
You are correct that this is a Metallic Wood Boring Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  We believe we have identified your Jewel Beetle as
 Lampetis drummondi thanks to the BugGuide archive where it states:  “Adults on Acacia, Carya, Chilopsis, Condalia, Dalea, Diospyros, Euphorbia, Gossypium, Karwinskia, Nolina, Prosopis, Rhus, Quercus, Salix, Tamarix.”

Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle

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Subject: Shiny Green Bug
Location: unknown
August 4, 2014 10:33 am
We recently moved into a house and my daughter found this in her closet. It has been encased for preservation as a novelty but she won’t stop bugging me until I can tell her about the bug. Can you please help at least identify the bug in question so I can do some research it for her. I would appreciate any light you can shed on this!
Signature: Getting Bugged about a Bug

Jewel Beetle Pendant

Jewel Beetle Pendant

Dear Getting Bugged about a Bug,
Your daughter is going to love this.  This appears to be a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  Interestingly, we believe we may have identified the species, or at least a close relative.  This looks like
Chrysochroa saundersi from Thailand, which we found pictued on Shutterstock.  We then located a top and bottom view on The Siam Insect-Zoo & Museum site and that was proof enough for us as it is a near perfect match to the images you provided.  Additionally, Asia is ground zero for the importation of insects embedded in lucite.  Jewel Beetles have been used to make jewelry since at least Victorian times, and this image of a necklace made from the elytra or wings of Jewel Beetles that is pictured on Econe is quite stunning, though we don’t condone the modern use of beetles for decorative purposes.

Jewel Beetle Pendant

Jewel Beetle Pendant

Thank you very much.  She will be thrilled!  You guys are awesome!

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Subject: Dont know what this bug is!!
Location: New York
July 24, 2014 12:03 pm
Can you tell me what kind of bug this is? Found it on a shirt and I have never seen one like it!! Its about an inch long!!
Signature: Ian

Sculptured Pine Borer

Sculptured Pine Borer

Hi Ian,
This sure looks to us like a Sculptured Pine Borer,
Chalcophora virginiensis.  See BugGuide for additional information.

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Subject: Cool flying beetle
Location: boyd lake state park, Loveland CO
July 13, 2014 2:26 am
This beetle flew into our truck near boyd lake in eastern colorado. It’s pretty cool looking and I wondered if it has a name
Signature: bc

Jewel Beetle:

Jewel Beetle:  Buprestis confluenta

Dear bc,
This is a Metallic Wood Boring Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and we believe we have correctly identified it as
 Buprestis confluenta thanks to images posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: North Idaho 2 Years in a Row
Location: North Idaho
June 1, 2014 12:57 pm
Have never seen this beetle before last year and spotted again this year. Long slender silver with black streak-like dots. A little over an inch long. Whats that bug?
Signature: Allen

Western Sculptured Pine Borer

Western Sculptured Pine Borer

Hi Allen,
This looks to us like a Western Sculptured Pine Borer,
Chalcophora angulicollis, and according to bugGuide:  “Eggs are laid on bark of large branches or trunks of conifers, especially fir (Abies), or Pinus ponderosa).”

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