Subject: Beetle or Fly
Geographic location of the bug: Mcminnville,Oregon
Time: 03:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Our family came across this bug, it was resting on new grounds trail post,near our local woods. We have searched for identical bugs. Nothing has came close to identification. This particular bug did not mind movement or noise as it stayed silent amd still on the fresh wooden post! Maybe a wood beetle? Since the trail post were fresh built, or imported bug on wood the carpenders gathered to build post?! Very interesting.
How you want your letter signed: To the rasmussen boys
Dear Rasmussen Boys,
This looks like a Western Sculptured Pine Borer, Chalcophora angulicollis, to us. According to BugGuide: “Dark brown to black, sculptures on upper side, irridescent bronze luster, especially on underside. Fly noisily when alarmed. The only western species in the genus.“