Shiny Metallic Beetle?
Lived all my life in/around Houston, Texas. Never seen this bug till this year. They are everywhere. Outside on porches, 2-3 get inside every day. They are about 1/2"-3/4" long and VERY fast. Do you have any idea what they are?
Thanks,
Eddie

Hi Eddie,
What a beautiful Tiger Beetle. It is a Carolina Tiger Beetle, Megacephala carolina. There is also a nice photo on Bugguide. If collectors catch wind that you have a population explosion, they may decend upon you as Tiger Beetles are very popular with collectors. This species is highly beneficial as it is a predator. Thanks for sending your gorgeous photo of a gorgeous insect.

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