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Subject:  metalic copper green beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeast Washington Kennewick
Date: 09/05/2017
Time: 12:11 AM EDT
Found this beetle on my driveway end of August and looked at many photos online and can’t seem to find anything quite like it and only found one. Can you identify?
How you want your letter signed:  Gerry Presby

Jewel Beetle: Buprestis viridisuturalis

Dear Gerry,
The beautiful metallic coloration of your beetle, a trait that is shared with many members of its family, has resulted in a familial name of Jewel Beetle, but alas, your individual, 
Buprestis viridisuturalis, which we identified on BugGuide, does not have a common name other than that shared with others in the family.

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Subject: large beetle!
Location: Nafplio, Greece
August 12, 2017 8:26 am
Hi, We saw this rather large and majestic looking creature at a monastery in Nafplio Greece in mid August. I’d be really interested to find out what it is!
thank you so much, Owen Wright and Dora Gardouni
Signature: Owen and Dora

Jewel Beetle: Chalcophora detrita

Dear Owen and Dora,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and we initially identified it as 
Chalcophora detrita on Living Jewels European Buprestidae where it is referred to as “One of the biggest Jewel Beetle in Europe.”  It is also pictured on Dreamstime and BioLib.  According to Nature Wonders:  “Host plants are Pinus spp.

Jewel Beetle: Chalcophora detrita

Hi Daniel,
Thankyou so much for identifying the beetle! We’ve now done some additional research and it’s been really interesting to find out more. the one we saw was very large, we estimate about 5 cm long or maybe a little bit more.
thanks so much!
Owen and Dora

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Subject: Beetle .. I think
Location: Southwest Florida
July 23, 2017 12:28 pm
This was seen in my driveway on 7-23-2017 in so the st florida. Can you tell me what it is? Thank you
Signature: Esther

Sculptured Pine Borer

Dear Esther,
This is either a Sculptured Pine Borer or a Southern Sculptured Pine Borer, two similar looking, related species that are both found in Florida.  For more images of the Sculptured Pine Borers in the genus
Chalcophora, see BugGuide.  We have not seen an image of a female Sculptured Pine Borer with her ovipositor visible.

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Subject: Strange beach beetle
Location: Mccarthy Beach Northern Minnesota
June 21, 2017 1:05 pm
Hi! I was on the beach and looked down and this insect was struggling to get out of a hole. His underside was a metallic orange and I was wondering what it was. Thanks!
Signature: Hailee

Jewel Beetle

Dear Hailee,
We thought your Jewel Beetle was a Golden Buprestid, but that species if found west of the Rocky Mountains.  We found a relative on BugGuide,
Buprestis striata, that looks like a convincing match to your beetle.

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Subject: Larvae in oaks
Location: Europe
July 7, 2017 5:16 am
This larva I found under the bark of an oak. If you could help me to identify! I think it’s a buprestidae member.
Signature: Charlie

Flathead Borer

Dear Charlie,
This is indeed a Flathead Borer, the larva of a Beetle in the family Buprestidae, but alas, we are not going to be able to provide you with a species identification.  It might be the European Oak Borer,
Agrilus sulcicollis, which is pictured here and is the subject of a technical paper on

Dear Daniel, thanks for your rapid answer. I will investigate from there, even I hope to help the larva to raise an adult and make a proper id.
Best regards,

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Subject: Irridescent spotted beetle?
Location: Bloomington Indiana
July 5, 2017 9:36 am
I found this beautiful, unfortunately deceased, little guy on a concrete block by my house in Indiana on July 4th…I’ve been scouring the Web for similar pix to identify him (her?)…is it Red-legged Buprestis?
Signature: Trackzilla

Red Legged Buprestis

Dear Trackzilla,
You are correct.  This gorgeous Jewel Beetle is commonly called a Red Legged Buprestis.

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