Subject: Large Beetle
Geographic location of the bug: Chennai India
Time: 04:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Burpidae??? Friend sighted on a tree in Marina Beach area of Tamil Nadu India on Sept 1, 2018
How you want your letter signed: Ranger Bert
Dear Ranger Bert,
We believe you have misspelled the family in question. This is a Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and we wish there was a dorsal view that clearly shows the elytra. The first matching image we located was on Shutterstock where it is identified as “possibly Sternocera nitens or S. Brahmina [sic].” We found a different image on Alamy with an identical identification, but alas, no other verifiable images in our quick search. Mounted specimens are pictured on Coleopsoc.