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Subject: Can you identity this beetle for me?
Location: Darlington QLD Australia
April 24, 2017 3:38 am
Hi, I found this beetle in a gorge and I was wondering if you could identify it.
Signature: Place on email

Regal Jewel Beetle

This is a Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and based on images posted to Australia:  Land of Stigmodera, we believe it is Calodema regalis or a closely related species.  There is also an image named the Regal Jewel Beetle posted to Csiro that supports that identification.

Regal Jewel Beetle

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Subject: Golden Yellow bug
Location: Cyprus, Kalo Chorio
April 22, 2017 7:18 am
Found this outside the offices near the flower bushes, trying to figure out what species this is, looks like some sort fuzzy little scarab but not sure what kind exactly.
Signature: Random Office worker

Jewel Beetle

Dear Random Office Worker,
We believe we have correctly identified this lovely Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae as
Julodis armeniaca cypria, a subspecies endemic to Cyprus, thanks to the Nature Wonders site where it states:  “Endemic subspecies of Cyprus. The nominal species J. a. armeniaca Marseul, 1864, can be found in Turkey and the Near East.”  It is also pictured on BioLib.  Though this is a new species to our site, we do have amazing images from South Africa of a relative in the same genus, the Brush Jewel Beetle.

Jewel Beetle: Julodis armeniaca cypria

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Subject: beetle?
Location: Ruffin, sc
April 13, 2017 4:13 am
This insect flew in my daughters hair while we were walking around outside. It is kind of hard to tell by the picture but the color was gold. Thank you for your time and hope you have a great day.
Signature: Melissa

Sculptured Pine Borer

Dear Melissa,
Because of the metallic coloration of many members of the family Buprestidae, they are known as Metallic Borer Beetles or Jewel Beetles.  Your individual is one of the Sculptured Pine Borers in the genus
Chalcophora.  Based on BugGuide images, we suspect it might be the Southern Sculptured Pine Borer, Chalcophora georgiana, or the the Sculptured Pine Borer, Chalcophora virginiensis, also pictured on BugGuide.  The former is described on BugGuide as being:  “coppery green, can be easily separated by the acute elytral apex with a strong sutural spine; displays very little variation.”

Sculptured PIne Borer

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Subject: Beetle
Location: Portland, Oregon
February 19, 2017 5:13 pm
I found this beetle indoors today. I think it is a Golden Buprestid Beetle. I want to know if it is a good bug or a bad bug.
Signature: Lois Biz

Golden Buprestid

Dear Lois,
We agree that this is a Golden Buprestid, but when it comes to insects, “good” and “bad” are such relative terms.  Since the native range of the Golden Buprestid includes Oregon, this is a native species for you and native species occupy a place in the food chain as well as in the complicated, interconnected web of life in an ecosystem that we feel compelled to maintain that all native species are good in the overall scheme of things.  Introduced species can throw off the balance of life in a geographic region to which they have been introduced if they have no natural enemies to help control their populations, so we often consider introduced species to be problematic in their new homes, a consideration that lead to the creation of the Invasive Exotics tag on our site many years ago.  According to the genus page on BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on wood of various conifers and deciduous trees, incl. Fagus (Beech), Populus (Cottonwood), Acer (Maple), and Quercus (Oak).”  It is our understanding that native Metallic Borer Beetles are never plentiful enough in their native surroundings to do significant damage to healthy trees, unlike the related and introduced Emerald Ash Borer that has decimated populations of Ash trees in eastern North America.  As a point of interest, Golden Buprestids have been known to emerge many years after lumber has been milled.  Seems milling the lumber slows the maturation process, but the larvae are able to survive and continue to feed on the dead wood.

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Subject: Metallic Green Beetle
Location: Gaston, Oregon
November 8, 2016 12:11 pm
I found this little guy crawling across my carpet this morning. It’s a glittery green, with copper edges. About 15mm long. It pulled in its legs and played dead when I poked at it. Found on November 8, in Gaston, Oregon; a rural area. Thanks!
Signature: Colin F

Golden Buprestid

Golden Buprestid

Dear Colin,
This beautiful beetle is a Golden Buprestid, a species with wood boring larvae.  Occasionally we receive reports of adults that emerge from milled lumber after many years.

Golden Buprestid

Golden Buprestid

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Subject: bug spain malaga
Location: Andalucia, Mijas, Spain
September 1, 2016 1:54 am
Dear Bugman,
Maybe you could help me identifying this bug, I have no idea where to look for first.
photographed two weeks in july. Southern Spain, Malaga.
There where more than one in between two wooden beams of a Pinewood bench.
Thanks in advance
Signature: Perry

Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle

Dear Perry,
This is a Metallic Borer or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  We cannot say for certain to which species it belongs, but you can see some Spanish Buprestids on the Living Jewels European Buprestidae Blog that were documented in Spain in June 2013.

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