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.
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.
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.