2″ Long Colorful Beetle
Sun, May 24, 2009 at 11:15 PM
Found it in my sunny driveway, I live in southern Vermont and have never seen anything like this before. Definitely the most attractive looking bug I’ve ever seen
Dear Spragels Bigels,
This is one of the Metallic Wood Boring Beetles in the family Buprestidae, sometimes called Jewel Beetles. We believe it is in the genus Dicerca, probably Dicerca divaricata. If your specimen is really 2 inches long, it is a trophey. Most specimens posted to BugGuide are less than an inch long, and the largest example there is 1 1/2 inches long. We would not rule out that this may be a Poplar Borer, Dicerca tenebrica, which is also pictured on BugGuide. Again, your 2 inch long specimen would be unusually large.