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Hello Bugman,
Here is a very colorful bug my friend Mark McCarthy photographed for me in West Virginia, USA. We are wondering if you could help us identify it and post it on . Thank you.
Troy D

Hi Troy,
This is one of the Metallic Wood Boring Beetles, Buprestis rufipes, the Red Legged Buprestis. According to BugGuide, it feeds on maple and birch.

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Jewel Beetle (metallic) in WA
We live on WA’s Olympic Peninsula (Sequim), but I’m not from these parts, so I can’t ident this little beetle, almost 2 cm long. We hope you can. We also included a ventral view, in case you need it. thanks…
jess mckenzie

Hi Jess,
Jewell Beetle is actually an accepted common name for the Golden Buprestid, Buprestis aurulenta.

I had it down to the Buprestids, but the species stumped me. The little devil didn’t look golden enough. If color is important, I’d better start shooting next to a color card. BTW, I’m certain this one came from some cherry logs sitting the the drive (next to the barbeque) for about one year. I doubt that’s significant. In any case, thanks. It’s been a long time since that entolomogy course. Perhaps you can recommend a good key for use in thse parts.
jess In Sequim, WA

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Love your site!!!!!
I met this beetle in the western highland of Guatemala. Can you tell me anything about him/her?
Deborah Fraize

Hi Deborah,
This is a Metallic Wood Boring Beetle in the family Buprestidae, but we don’t currently have the time to research the exact species. Perhaps one of our enthusiastic readers can give us something more exact.

Update: February 16, 2011
Thanks to a comment from wildabug, we are able to link to an image of a different species,
Psiloptera torquata, on The Insect Collector website.

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Interesting Find
Here are a couple of bugs I found at work. I couldn’t ID them myself. I thought the one may be a Metallic Wood Borer, but the markings didn’t match up. HELP ME BUG MAN! thanks

Hi Chad,
There are many species of Metallic Wood Boring Beetles in the family Buprestidae. Your specimen is Buprestis rufipes. It is nice to get your living specimen photo since the last one we received was dead. Your other insect, which we cannot post due to time constraints, is a tree cricket.

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Hello Bug Man,
I live in Needville ,Texas suburb outside of Houston . I live on 2 acres and last year I lost a very large Water Oak with large holes in the trunk. I lost another Water Oak 20ft from the other one I lost year. I started spraying melathion poison on the trunks and notice these 2 types of bugs, are they wood borers? What can I use to kill these bugs? I notice a lot of my tree’s have small holes in the trunk. Thanks,

Hi Bill,
The image you labeled beetle 1 is a Brochymena Stink Bug and is not your problem. Beetle 2 looks like Buprestis rufipes, and it is a Metallic Wood Borer, but BugGuide lists its host trees as maple and birch, not oak. We will try to get Eric Eaton’s opinion on this.

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Please post…
Good Evening,
Could you possibly post some information on the Emerald Ash Borer as a feature? Their spread and destruction of trees has been all over the news and many people that I know are now killing every green bug they see. The insect population of Wisconsin thanks you!

Hi Teresa,
What a wonderful suggestion. We just returned from a week in Ohio and the Emerald Ash Borer was quite the topic of discussion. We received the following letter earlier in the year and are thrilled to repost it to our homepage.

Emerald Ash Borer
(03/29/2007) Emerald Ash Borer
Dear bugman,
This is in response to the folks from Ohio that sent in a photo of the 6 Spotted Tiger Beetle. I’m glad Bruce does recognize its not EAB but I have attached photos I took in the past that might help people ID Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) if they think they have found it. Note the D shaped exit hole.They will be emerging in early June and ending about mid July. Your readers may find the attached website of use and report these pests if found in new areas.
Keep up the good work

Hi Brian,
Thank you ever so much for providing us with a photo and information. We will try to remember to repost your letter on our homepage in June.

Another Link
(05/31/2007) link to Emerald Ash Borer doesn’t work, but here’s another one
Daniel and Lisa, Try this link (not sure it has exactly the same info, but…): More bugs! Less email! regards,
Dave Fallow

Hi Dave,
Thanks. We corrected the original link issue as well.

Mating Emerald Ash Borers
(05/31/2007) Emerald Ash Borer
Dear Bugman
Thanks for making Emerald Ash Borer the bug of the month. This will help folks learn more about this pest and maybe discover new sites where it has become established and report them. Attached is an old photo of them mating and a good close up shot. Remember-Don’t Move Infested Wood! Keep up the good work
Brian Sullivan
Plant Health Safeguarding Specialist

Hi again Brian,
Thanks for sending us another wonderful image to better help our readers identify the Emerald Ash Borers.

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