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Subject: Beetle
Location: 25.6476206516667,45.8937318516667
March 5, 2016 5:24 am
Hello Bugman
I found this beetle in central Saudi Arabia. It seemed quite large, nearly 2 inches.
Thanks for your time.
Signature: Peter

Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle

Dear Peter,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  We located an image identified only by family on FlickR that looks very similar, and following up on that we found an image on FlickR identified as
Julodis speculifer dicksonae, also found in Saudi Arabia.  Continued research indicates there are many similar looking species in the genus based on this FlickRiver page, so while we are quite confident we have the correct family and genus Julodis, we cannot provide a definitive species identification.

Dear Daniel
Many thanks for your fast response.
I looked at a few of the beetles on Flickr that you linked to and I think it looks most like this one:
Julodis iris Laporte & Gory 1835
View on www.flickr.com
It’s called J. iris and it may be relevant that it was found among the wild iris fields there, flowering at just this time of year!
Best wishes
Peter

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Subject: Metallic green and red bug
Location: Pacific north west.  Seattle, Washington
December 10, 2015 1:20 am
Found this metallic almost Rastafarian type beetle wandering around on the floor of my room. I tried to look it up but wasn’t able to find anything similar to this bug I found so I was hoping you may know.
Signature: Paige

Golden Buprestid

Golden Buprestid

Dear Paige,
Could you please be a bit more specific about the location.  Washington?  British Columbia???  This is a Golden Buprestid,
Buprestis aurulenta, one of the Jewel Beetles, and you can read more about it on BugGuide.

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Subject: Some type of Red Jewel Beetle?
Location: Chidlow, Western Australia
December 4, 2015 8:41 pm
Hi,
We were cleaning out our gutters and found this chap dead amongst the accumulated leaves. Looks a lot like one of the pictures on the WA Museum’s composite photos of red jewel beetles, but ours seems to have a lot more yellow on it, or perhaps it has just faded a bit in the sun? Any thoughts please? As you can see we also found a Western Glossy Stag Beetle!
We are located near the village of Chidlow, on 5 acres amongst partially cleared farming land and bush, in the hills east of Perth, Western Australia.
Thanks,
Signature: Tom and Sue McNaughtan

Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle

Dear Tom and Sue,
There is much diversity within the family of Jewel Beetles (Buprestidae) from Australia and there is also variability within the species.  We believe your individual may be in the genus
Castiarina, which is well represented on the Buprestidae of Australia site.  We found a matching image of a Western Glossy Stag Beetle on Red Bubble, but there is no scientific name provided.  We believe that based on the Beetle Space site, that this is a female Lamprima micardi.  There are Asian instructions provided on breeding the species as well as many images taken in captivity on Insect Forum.  There are probably quite a few collectors salivating over your lucky discovery.

Stag Beetle and Jewel Beetle

Western Glossy Stag Beetle and Jewel Beetle

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Subject: Black & Yellow Beetle in SE New Mexico
Location: Southeaster New Mexico
October 4, 2015 4:52 pm
I found this on my walk this morning (October 3, 2015) on a nature trail on the outskirts of town in southeastern New Mexico. It was in the 90’s last week but has been cool and rainy the last few days. He / She did not look familiar. Every time I tried to get a close up, it would circle to the far side of the branch. It is black and yellow on its shield-shaped back with black and yellow bands on its underside. I searched your site and BugFinder for black and yellow beetles, but I didn’t find any that seemed to match. I love your site and the story behind it. Thanks for putting in all the time and effort.
Signature: Curious

Jewel Beetle: Gyascutus caelatus

Jewel Beetle: Gyascutus caelatus

Dear Curious,
We located this image on BugGuide that matches your Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle from the family Buprestidae.  The posting states that the collector:  “gave the specimen to New Mexico State University as they only had three of this species.”  Your individual was found on an Acacia, and according to BugGuide:  “Larval host unknown, adults on Acacia, Prosopis.”  This really is a beautiful Jewel Beetle and your observations indicate that the species has excellent eyesight.

Jewel Beetle: Gyascutus caelatus

Jewel Beetle: Gyascutus caelatus

I found your response on the website. Thank you, again, for your work. It was a kick to learn that I was probably right when I thought the beetle was unusual, if NMSU only had three in its collection. I found and photographed another bug on that same walk, but I am still looking online to see if I can identify it, If I can’t, I may forward it to you for your assistance.

We apologize if we did not write back to you directly as that is our usual method of responding upon posting a submission.

No apology necessary!  I knew to look on the website and found my submission there faster than I thought I would.  I am surprisingly proud that I found an unusual specimen (and I’m even happier I did not find the human louse as did someone else whose picture was posted on the same day as mine).  I just wanted to say thank you and didn’t know how to post directly to the website.  My technical knowledge is too antique to figure that out, so I responded directly to your email.  My apologies if I confused you.
I still haven’t had any luck finding the other bug I photographed on the same walk, so I will probably submit that, too.

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Subject: what’s that bug?
Location: southwest Pennsylvania
July 17, 2015 12:09 pm
I couldn’t find the spot to send a bug to be identified. I have looked in my Audobon guide and on other websites, but couldn’t find it.
Signature: Everett

Red Legged Buprestis

Red Legged Buprestis

Dear Everett,
This gorgeous Jewel Beetle or Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae is a Red Legged Buprestis,
Buprestis rufipes.

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Subject: Bug in Minnesota
Location: Boulder Lake – Duluth, MN
June 29, 2015 9:17 am
Hi Bugman,
Ran across this guy late June near Boulder Lake in Duluth, mn. He flies and landed on my leg. Naturally I brushed him off and as I did, he pulled in his legs and played dead and fell to the ground. This is a good shot of the top. He had a little copper color on his belly. Any ideas?
Signature: Catie

Possibly Flathead Poplar Borer

Possibly Flat Headed Poplar Borer

Dear Catie,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and it is a member of the genus
Dicerca, possibly the Flat Headed Poplar Borer.  There is some really nice information on the University of Wisconsin Field Station site.

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