Subject: Black and Orange Beetle
Location: West Valley City, Utah
May 19, 2012 10:55 am
Found this bug at my preschool in West Valley City Utah and we were wondering what it is. It was about 1/3 in long.
Signature: Head Start Preschool
Dear Head Start Preschool,
Our first impression was that this might be a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and our second choice would be a Click Beetle in the family Elateridae. We had no luck identifying as belonging to either Buprestidae or Elateridae on BugGuide. This identification request requires additional research. Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist.
Update: August 12, 2012
Thanks to a comment from mardikavana, we now know that this Click Beetle is Ampedus cordifer which we have located on BugGuide.