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Subject:  Concerned…bug found on my daughter
Geographic location of the bug:  Ga
Date: 06/24/2018
Time: 09:31 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Help…..is this an assassin bug or something else. ?  It did not bite her.  But upon research,  I freaked about Chagas disease…
How you want your letter signed:  CarriHowell

Sculptured PIne Borer

Dear Carri,
This Sculptured Pine Borer in the genus
Chalcophora will most definitely NOT pass Chagas Disease to your daughter.

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Subject:  Large egg-laying beetle on fallen tree
Geographic location of the bug:  Pollock Pines, California
Date: 06/20/2018
Time: 07:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Bugman, I spotted this large-ish beetle on a fallen tree, sticking its ovipositor in crevices in the wood.  What is this bug?
How you want your letter signed:  John

Jewel Beetle

Dear John,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, but we are not having any luck determining a species for you.  Do you know what type of tree you sighted it upon?

Hi, Daniel.
Sorry, I wouldn’t have known the tree type but I do have footage of the beetle probing about the wood.Metallic Borer or Jewel beetle – are they bad?
I ask because this photo was taken at a lake where hundreds of dead trees have been cut down apparently due to a beetle invasion
Thanks all the same.
John
Daniel,
I looked about for the beetle responsible for tree deaths at the local lake. It’s a bark beetle.
Although the beetle’s destruction of trees may not be a terrible thing?
Hello again John,
You are correct.  The Bark Beetles are responsible for the tree die-off.  Jewel Beetles have larvae that bore in wood, but they are rarely numerous enough to create a problem. 
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Subject:  Unidentified insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Dummerston, VT
Date: 06/19/2018
Time: 08:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Beautiful, motionless, and about an inch and a half long. Who is our dearly departed friend?
How you want your letter signed:  Amara

Northeastern Sculptured Pine Borer

Dear Amara,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and family members often have beautiful colors and are called Jewel Beetles.  Your individual is a Sculptured Pine Borer in the genus
Calcophora, most likely the Northeastern Sculptured Pine Borer, Chalcophora liberta, which we identified on BugGuide where it is described as being:  “from brilliant metallic coppery orange to dull black; extremely variable in size, dorsal sculpturing, and density of ventral setae; readily distinguished by truncate or rounded elytral apices, small size, and usually bright metallic, orange-green color.”

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Subject:  Golden Buprestid – Dicerca lurida
Geographic location of the bug:  Sudbury, Ontario.  Canada
Date: 06/07/2018
Time: 05:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug looks like a typical Golden Buprestid – Dicerca lurida, but at the back end of the bug, it’s red and narrow, unlike any pictures i have found.  I can tell it’s related, but is it the same? or what would it be called?
How you want your letter signed:  Shawna

Jewel Beetle: Dicerca caudata

Dear Shawna,
You are correct that this is a relative of the Golden Buprestid, and members of the Metallic Leaf Borer Beetle family Buprestidae are frequently called Jewel Beetles.  Your individual is a member of the genus
Dicerca, and we feel relatively confident that your individual is Dicerca caudata, a species pictured on BugGuide with no common name.

Jewel Beetle: Dicerca caudata

Thank you for identifying this insect for me. 🙂

Jewel Beetle: Dicerca caudata

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Subject:  Shiny green smooth Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  4 pm downtown Hillsboro, OR, May 23, 2018, sunny 90 degree day
Date: 05/23/2018
Time: 02:47 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Trying to identify this bug/beetle and not having success.  Any help would be appreciated.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks in advance

Golden Buprestid

At first we thought this might be a Golden Buprestid or possibly a related species Buprestis adjecta which is pictured on BugGuide, but we will do additional research on the species.

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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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