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shiny green bug
Sat, May 23, 2009 at 7:44 PM
bit me, just wondered what it is, never seen one before
se wa state

Unknown Ground Beetle

Bark Gnawing Beetle

Dear Leona,
This is a Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae, but we are not having much luck with the species. We will contact Eric Eaton for assistance, and perhaps one of our readers will know the answer.

Correction: One of our readers wrote in with a tip that this is a Bark Gnawing Beetle in the genus Temnoscheila based on images posted to BugGuide.

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red bug
Hi Bugman,
I found this little red guy in some firewood, between the wood and the bark. It’s about the size and shape of a firefly but is a deep magenta color with a little black spot at the posterior and is flatter. Any ideas?

Hi Galen,
This is a Flat Bark Beetle, Cucujus clavipes. These beetles are well adapted for living under loose but close fitting bark. Both adults and larvae feed on insects. Cucujus clavipes is one of the largest and most brilliantly colored species in the family. It is especially common under the bark of freshly felled poplar and ash trees.

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