Bumelia Borers and Anglewing attracted to rotting fruit

Subject: Green and metalic green beetle
Location: Sulphur Oklahoma
May 24, 2012 9:34 pm
I put some ripened fruit out so I could attract some butterflies and I caught a picture of this bug. What am I?
Signature: Sherry Cloud

Bumelia Borer

Hi Sherry.
The first time we saw a photo of a Bumelia Borer,
Plinthocoelium suaveolens, we were astonished at its beauty.  It really is a beautiful beetle.  Did your rotting fruit attract any butterflies?

Bumelia Borer

Thank you.
Yes, I am trying my talents at a little photograpy and it helps to attract the butterflies. Here are a couple. I am waiting for the really colorful one!

Hi again Sherry,
Thanks for sending us some butterfly photos.  We are posting the Anglewing, probably a Comma.  Their wings are actually quite colorful when they are opened.  The undersides help to camouflage the resting butterfly by allowing it to blend in with dried leaves.

Anglewing is probably a Comma

UPDATE:  Mating Bumelia Borers
May 25, 2012
Here this beetle is again, but with a mate I believe. Is it unusual to see them here in Southern Oklahoma? I think it is the male on top and he looks almost like an alien!
Thank you for getting back to me.

Mating Bumelia Borers

Hi again Sherry,
Thanks for sending the photo of the mating Bumelia Borers.  Most sightings we have received are from Texas.  According to BugGuide, there are no reports from Oklahoma, but they are reported from adjacent states Texas, Arkansas and Missouri.  They are also reported from as far west as Arizona and as far east as Florida.



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