Green Fruit Beetle or Fig Eater, Cotinus mutabilis and friend
My husband stuck a banana in our wisteria vine in Alpine, Texas and it attracted these beautiful beetles. I think they are the Green Fruit Beetle or Fig Eater, Cotinus mutabilis (as found on your website). I’m curious to know what the butterfly is. Cheers,
We actually believe your beetles are another species in the genus Cotinis, the Green June Beetle, Cotinis nitida. BugGuide has a nice example of the possible variations in the coloration. Both Cotinis nitida and Cotinis mutabilis are called Fig-Eaters as well. The butterfly is one of the Emperor Butterflies in the genus, Asterocampa, probably the Empress Leilia, Asterocampa leilia. You can compare your photo to the other Emperors in the genus Asterocampa on BugGuide as well.