Beautiful Iridescent Green Beetle – British Columbia
I posted this last week, then realized that I should have given it a better
title to attract your attention, as you are probably swamped. The picture alone might be worth posting. This was photographed on Denman Island, BC. Can you identify this beautiful iridescent green beetle? It was a deep chrome reddish colour on its underside, like the colour on the edges of its wing covers. The beetle in the photo was about 3/4" long and pretty docile. Regards,

Hi Mike,
A catchy subject line always catches our eye. This gorgeous beetle is a Golden Burprestid, Cypriacis aurulenta. According to BugGuide, they are relatively common in the Pacific Northwest. They are also known as Jewel Beetles, a name that needs no explanation. Your photograph is gorgeous.

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