Location: Central Mississippi
June 20, 2011 10:05 am
We have some bugs that come into our enclosed garage and apparently get over on their backs and can’t get up. Some are dead, some are wiggling. They have shiny gold bottom-sides but under their wings, they are blue-colored. There are several each day. Can you identify? Photos taken after dead. Can provide more in another day.
We wish the quality of your photo was better. Higher resolution woul allow us to view the details more closely. We believe this is a Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae, but we are uncertain of the species. We will contact Eric Eaton to see if he can provide additional information.
Eric Eaton provides a genus
You are correct, it is a buprestid. Genus is Chrysobothris but species identification requires dissection of the genitalia. Most Chrysobothris have the brilliant metallic blue or green abdomens that are exposed only in flight.