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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. http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/hot_issues/emerald_ash_borer/emerald_ash_borer.shtml Keep up the good work
Brian

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.

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Golden Buprestid
Dear Bugman,
My wife found a Golden Buprestid in our bedroom the morning of Mar. 20 here in Eugene, OR. We have no idea how it got there. A photo of it posing on an orange leaf is attached. Your website provided the correct identification. Thanks very much!
Donald Gudehus

Hi Donald,
Thank you for sending in your lovely image of a Golden Buprestid. We have gotten several reports lately of Golden Buprestids emerging from milled wood.

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Insects that hatch in houses in winter
Dear Bugman,
For an “art project” your marvelous site is very helpful to naturalists who get asked, what’s this bug that hatched in my house this winter? I’m pasting in 2 photos for you. The first is of a Golden Buprestid (I think) that came right out of my friend Sandy’s cutting board one morning. She’d had that home-made board (probably Ponderosa pine), for 8 years, and pounded, carved, sliced n’ diced on it all that time. Then one recent morning out came this beauty! The 2nd photo is of a Swallowtail butterfly that hatched out on some potted plants in a windowsill in the building here in Moscow, Idaho, where I go for my massage appointments (lucky me). My questions are — have you got any great tales of the long-lived Buprestid larvae popping out as adults in people’s homes? For the Swallowtail, how would a pupa end up on a geranium that’s never been outside? And lastly, what do we tell people who want to feed or keep alive their unexpected and stunningly beautiful winter visitors? The Swallowtail died within the week. The Buprestid has been in a little cage with some fir needles and has made it for a week so far. Thanks for your replies!
Sarah Walker
Moscow, Idaho

Hi Sarah,
Thank you for sending your interesting anecdotes. We have heard of certain wood boring beetles emerging many years after the wood was cut. Sometimes they emerge from furniture and other times from wood paneling. Many caterpillars leave their host plant and wander in search of a place to pupate. Sorry, we have no advice on keeping off season guests alive. Eric Eaton wrote in with this information: “Daniel: What a fabulous story about the beetle emerging from the cutting board! It is indeed a “golden buprestid,” Cypriacis aurulenta (formerly Buprestis aurulenta). The record age for one is an adult that emerged from a baseboard(?) in a Canadian building fully 51 years after the building was erected! Why milled lumber forces such an extended life cycle in woodborers is a mystery, at least as far as I know. Normally, the life cycle would be no more than 2-5 years. Eric”

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Invasive species?
Cool website, glad I stumbled upon it. Here’s a beetle I found on the summit of Mt. Myra (5938 feet/ 1810 meters), in Strathcona Provincial Park, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I’ve never seen a beetle like this before, and I’ve lived here all my life. I was wondering, does it really belong here??? What is it? If I recall, it was about 3/4″ long
Darla

Hi Darla,
This is a Golden Buprestid Beetle, the second example we received this week.

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Thanks to you…
We think that we have identified this little guy as Buprestis decora. He showed up in our attic, here in Portland Oregon tonight. Thanks,
Gregor

Hi Gregor,
We believe you have the correct genus but the wrong species. We believe this to be the Golden Buprestid or Jewell Beetle, Buprestis aurulenta. This beauty is relatively common in the Pacific Northwest.

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I was checking out your site and think its a great resource. My job involves exotic pests and I am on the constant look out for them. Attached is a picture I took of Emerald Ash Borer in Michigan
I hope your readers are on the look out for this pest.
Keep up the great work
Brian Sullivan
Plant Health Safeguarding Specialist

Hi Brian,
Thanks for sending in this image. We created a link from your name back to your email address in case anyone spots the Emerald Ash Borers.

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