Subject: What kind of beetle is this?
Geographic location of the bug: Western New York
Time: 10:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: There is a large beetle looking bug out this evening. 1.5-2 inches in length, oval body, big round eyes and the shell is green, black/blue and brown.
How you want your letter signed: M
This is a Predaceous Diving Beetle in the family Dytiscidae, probably in the genus Dytiscus, and possibly Dytiscus fasciventris which is pictured on BugGuide and described as: “only the anterior and lateral margins of pronotum are bordered by a broad pale stripe (posterior margin not bordered); lateral margin of elytron bordered by broad pale stripe on basal half only remainder of dorsal surface brown, brownish-black, or green; ventral surface yellow to reddish except metacoxa yellow and metasternum brownish-black medially.” Though they are aquatic, Predaceous Diving Beetles can fly from pond to pond and they are sometimes attracted to lights.
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