Subject:  Dashboard Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Union City, California
Date: 12/04/2017
Time: 08:46 PM EDT
Bugman, while waiting for my daughter in the parking lot of her orthodontist, this bug went crawling across my dash. I’ve never seen such a critter.  I scooped it up and tossed it on a nearby bush.  What’s that bug?
How you want your letter signed:  John

Metallic Borer Beetle

Dear John,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, but the image is too blurry to make a conclusive species identification.  It does look similar to a pair of mating
 Dicerca hornii we observed at the What’s That Bug? offices in Los Angeles this year.

Yes, apologies for the blurry picture. I blame my phone, but I’ll try better next time.
Thank you, Daniel!
~ John
Location: Union City, California

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