Subject: Bug in Minnesota
Location: Boulder Lake – Duluth, MN
June 29, 2015 9:17 am
Ran across this guy late June near Boulder Lake in Duluth, mn. He flies and landed on my leg. Naturally I brushed him off and as I did, he pulled in his legs and played dead and fell to the ground. This is a good shot of the top. He had a little copper color on his belly. Any ideas?
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and it is a member of the genus Dicerca, possibly the Flat Headed Poplar Borer. There is some really nice information on the University of Wisconsin Field Station site.