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Subject:  Jewel Beetle Tanzania
Geographic location of the bug:  West Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Date: 01/14/2018
Time: 05:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Could you tell me what species as well as common name this is?
How you want your letter signed:  Doug

Jewel Beetle from Tanzania

Dear Doug,
We believe we can identify your beetle as a member of the genus
Steraspis.  Our first clue is this image from Zimbabwe posted to FlickR that is identified only as Steraspis species.  We have a similar looking Jewel Beetle from Jordan which we identified as Steraspis squamosa.  We found a mention in the online book “Forest Entomology in East Africa:  Forest Insects of Tanzania” that includes a mention of Steraspis speciosa fastuosa stating “This borer was observed gumming eggs onto the bark of Elaeodendron and Cassia fistula and larvae were boring directly into the wood causing much exudation of gums in the former.”  We searched for images of Steraspis speciosa fastuosa and found this Facebook posting from Insect Art of collected individuals and the note that “they weren’t nearly as metallic as the ones I get from this guy in Africa.”  We found a posting on jcringerbach.free of Steraspis squamosa that looks very similar, but the range is listed as “Sahara north of Sahel from Red Sea to Mauritania. Algeria, Morocco, Fazzan, Egypt, Syria” so it makes sense that a similar looking member of the genus might be found in sub-Saharan Africa.  Jcringenbach.free also has images of Steraspis speciosa and the range is listed as “Saharan Algeria and Morocco, Fazzan, Egypt, Arabia and tropical Africa to Mozambic” and since Mozambique is south of Tanzania, we presume it is part of the range.  The food plants listed are “Acacia nilotica and tortilis” and the plant in your image looks like an Acacia.  So we are relatively confident your beetle is in the genus Steraspis, and it might be Steraspis speciosa, and there is no common name we could locate except the general family name of Jewel Beetle.

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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
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Subject:  identify the name
Geographic location of the bug:  India gujarat
Date: 09/12/2017
Time: 10:06 AM EDT
please identify the bug. I have never seen such a bug
How you want your letter signed:  sagar

Jewel Beetle: Sternocera species

Dear Sagar,
This is a Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  We believe we have correctly identified it as being in the genus
Sternocera thanks to this 123RF stock agency image.  Coleoptera Atlas has an image of
Sternocera chrisis that looks quite similar.

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Subject:  metalic copper green beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeast Washington Kennewick
Date: 09/05/2017
Time: 12:11 AM EDT
Found this beetle on my driveway end of August and looked at many photos online and can’t seem to find anything quite like it and only found one. Can you identify?
How you want your letter signed:  Gerry Presby

Jewel Beetle: Buprestis viridisuturalis

Dear Gerry,
The beautiful metallic coloration of your beetle, a trait that is shared with many members of its family, has resulted in a familial name of Jewel Beetle, but alas, your individual, 
Buprestis viridisuturalis, which we identified on BugGuide, does not have a common name other than that shared with others in the family.

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Subject: large beetle!
Location: Nafplio, Greece
August 12, 2017 8:26 am
Hi, We saw this rather large and majestic looking creature at a monastery in Nafplio Greece in mid August. I’d be really interested to find out what it is!
thank you so much, Owen Wright and Dora Gardouni
Signature: Owen and Dora

Jewel Beetle: Chalcophora detrita

Dear Owen and Dora,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and we initially identified it as 
Chalcophora detrita on Living Jewels European Buprestidae where it is referred to as “One of the biggest Jewel Beetle in Europe.”  It is also pictured on Dreamstime and BioLib.  According to Nature Wonders:  “Host plants are Pinus spp.

Jewel Beetle: Chalcophora detrita

Hi Daniel,
Thankyou so much for identifying the beetle! We’ve now done some additional research and it’s been really interesting to find out more. the one we saw was very large, we estimate about 5 cm long or maybe a little bit more.
thanks so much!
Owen and Dora

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Subject: Beetle .. I think
Location: Southwest Florida
July 23, 2017 12:28 pm
This was seen in my driveway on 7-23-2017 in so the st florida. Can you tell me what it is? Thank you
Signature: Esther

Sculptured Pine Borer

Dear Esther,
This is either a Sculptured Pine Borer or a Southern Sculptured Pine Borer, two similar looking, related species that are both found in Florida.  For more images of the Sculptured Pine Borers in the genus
Chalcophora, see BugGuide.  We have not seen an image of a female Sculptured Pine Borer with her ovipositor visible.

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