Subject: Nearly A Puppy Snack
Location: North Dakota
July 22, 2012 12:09 pm
When I took my puppy out to go to the bathroom, I noticed him try to eat something. When I asked him to drop the object, this is what I saw! Fortunately, the bug sustained no harm and while I doubt he is poisonous, I am extremely curious about this little fellow! I have never seen anything like him before.
I tried to do some peeking online but I can’t even find anything that looks remotely close to this curious little critter.
So. What is that bug?!
Signature: Melissa D.
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae, but we haven’t had any luck with a species identification on BugGuide. We will contact Eric Eaton for assistance.
Eric Eaton Responds: Sculptured Pine Borer
July 22, 2012
The buprestid is one of the “sculptured pine borers” in the genus Chalcophora. Might be C. liberta, the Northeastern Sculptured Pine Borer:
but there is at least one other potential species, C. fortis, that could be in the Dakotas.
I’ll check out the moth event later. Thanks for sharing the link!