Subject: Jewel Bug?
Location: Powell River, B.C. Canada
July 6, 2016 6:30 pm
The sunlight reflecting off this small little bug is what got my attention. I tried to get a picture before it flew away…the original photo being about 3 feet away. I’ve never seen this kind of bug before, and posted the picture on social media in an attempt to identify it. The only answers I got was that it was a June Bug, which I disagreed. Through your wonderful site, i narrowed it down to a Jewel Bug, or a Golden Flatheaded borer. Any final clarification would be great, but I would also enjoy sharing this picture with others if it is of a quality good enough for you to use.
Signature: Yvonne Kelshaw
Your self-identification is basically correct, but we would like to make a few clarifications. This is a Golden Buprestid, Buprestis aurulenta. The members of the family Buprestidae are sometimes called Metallic Borer Beetles or Jewel Beetles. Jewel Bug is a common name for a Shield Bug in the family Scutelleridae.