Subject: Slightly Iridescent Beetle
Location: Sidney, ME
June 19, 2012 8:35 am
Hello! I found this little guy clinging to the outside of my house when I got home yesterday. I know some of the beetles in the area, but have never come across one that looks quite like this, with an iridescent stripe down its back. Any idea what kind it is?
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and the members of the family are commonly called Jewel Beetles because many species have bright, metallic coloration. We are uncertain of the species, but we suspect it might be the Flaheaded Hardwood Borer, Dicerca divaricata, based on photos posted to BugGuide, notably the tips of the elytra visible in this BugGuide image.