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Subject:  What is this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Fort Washington, Maryland
Date: 06/24/2021
Time: 04:39 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, I found this bug in my living room and it’s vibrant green and yellow caught me attention. It has a green body as well with yellow spots and brown towards the tail
How you want your letter signed:  V

Red Legged Buprestis

Dear V,
This beauty is a Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  It is a Red Legged Buprestis and your ventral view nicely shows the reddish legs.

Red Legged Buprestis

Subject:  Green metallic bug
Geographic location of the bug:  West Milford, NJ
Date: 06/02/2021
Time: 09:12 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Wood borer?
How you want your letter signed:  Geoffrey Syme

Metallic Borer Beetle: Gaurotes cyanipennis

Dear Geoffrey,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae.  We identified it on BugGuide as
Gaurotes cyanipennis, a species with no common name.

Subject:  Rainbow beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Western Washington state
Date: 06/21/2020
Time: 06:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What kind of bug is this ?
How you want your letter signed:  The Alvarados

Golden Buprestid

Dear Alvarados,
This beautiful beetle is a Golden Buprestid,
Buprestis aurulenta.  It is pictured on iNaturalist.

Subject:  Jewel beatle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Mornington Penninsula Vic Australia
Date: 02/24/2020
Time: 08:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bug Man,l found this beetle on my deck. ls it a common beatle.  l have lived in Rosebud Vic Australia for 25 years and an avid gardener.  l have not seen it before.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you regards Kerri

Variable Jewel Beetle

Dear Kerri,
This is indeed a Jewel Beetle or Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and we believe we have correctly identified it as a Variable Jewel Beetle,
Temognatha variabilis, thanks to images on the Brisbane Insect site.  It is also pictured on Atlas of Living Australia.

Correction:  May 29, 2020
Thanks to comments from Allen Sundholm and Kimberi Pullen, we are revising our prior identification in lieu of this being Temognatha sanguinipennis.

Subject:  what’s this insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  West Coast South Africa
Date: 08/13/2019
Time: 09:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  So I found this insect outside my home, I’ve never seen anything like it. I hope you can let me know what type of insect it is so I can do more research about it. Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  L.S.

Brush Jewel Beetle

Dear L.S.,
This is a Jewel Beetle in the genus
Julodis, and we believe it is the Brush Jewel Beetle, Julodis hirsuta subsp. hirsuta.  The species is pictured on iNaturalist, but there is no information about the beetle.  Many species in the genus are pictured on Virtual Beetle, and we would not entirely rule out that your individual might be Julodis cirrosa or Julodis mira syn. sulcicollis

Subject:  probably cicadomorpha
Geographic location of the bug:  Phoenix, Arizona.
Date: 08/13/2019
Time: 07:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug in the evening on a dead tree while grilling, it was origanoly above the stick but when I moved my camera closer to it it moved below. The next day I looked on the tree and I did not find it on the branch that it was sitting on before or any of those around it. I searched for it on google for at least an hour but found nothing quite like it.
How you want your letter signed:  christopher walker

Jewel Beetle: Acmaeodera gibbula

Dear Christopher,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and upon researching its identity, we found this similar looking individual identified as 
Acmaeodera rubronotata on Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, but the red markings are different as are the white spotting pattern.  We suspected the genus was correct, but not the species.  We browsed BugGuide, but we still could not identify the species and we were daunted by the information “144 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area.”  We believe we correctly identified your beetle as Acmaeodera gibbula thanks to Arizona Naturalists.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae mostly host on various legumes.”