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Subject: What is this beautiful beetle?
Location: Seattle, WA
June 2, 2016 7:36 pm
I found this beautiful beetle crawling on my windowsill. I’m located just outside of Seattle, WA and found him in June. I love the iridescent colors on his back. Please tell me what he is
Signature: Jessie

Golden Buprestid

Golden Buprestid

Dear Jessie,
This gorgeous Jewel Beetle or Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae is commonly called a Golden Buprestid.

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Subject: Pretty beetle
Location: New York
May 20, 2016 5:05 am
I had never seen this bug before. Can you identify it for me. Thank you
Signature: Melissa Mandeville

Eastern Poplar Buprestid

Eastern Poplar Buprestid

Dear Melissa,
This is one of the Metallic Borer Beetles or Jewel Beetles in the family Buprestidae.  We have identified it as the Eastern Poplar Buprestid,
Poecilonota cyanipes, thanks to BugGuide images.  According to BugGuide larvae bore in poplar, locust and willow trees.

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Subject: Beetle ID
Location: NE Washington State
May 18, 2016 10:02 am
Very pretty. About 1″ long. In a dry pine site that was recently logged.
Signature: Sue

Golden Buprestid

Golden Buprestid

Dear Sue,
This positively gorgeous Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle from the family Buprestidae is aptly called a Golden Buprestid,
Buprestis aurulenta.  Developing larvae have their normal life cycle interrupted when the trees they are boring in are cut and milled.  The larvae seem to go into a suspended animation and emerge many years later.  We created a posting of a Golden Buprestid that emerged from a pine cutting board after eight years, and the record is allegedly 51 years.

Golden Buprestid

Golden Buprestid

Golden Buprestid

Golden Buprestid

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Subject: Beetle
Location: 25.6476206516667,45.8937318516667
March 5, 2016 5:24 am
Hello Bugman
I found this beetle in central Saudi Arabia. It seemed quite large, nearly 2 inches.
Thanks for your time.
Signature: Peter

Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle

Dear Peter,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  We located an image identified only by family on FlickR that looks very similar, and following up on that we found an image on FlickR identified as
Julodis speculifer dicksonae, also found in Saudi Arabia.  Continued research indicates there are many similar looking species in the genus based on this FlickRiver page, so while we are quite confident we have the correct family and genus Julodis, we cannot provide a definitive species identification.

Dear Daniel
Many thanks for your fast response.
I looked at a few of the beetles on Flickr that you linked to and I think it looks most like this one:
Julodis iris Laporte & Gory 1835
View on www.flickr.com
It’s called J. iris and it may be relevant that it was found among the wild iris fields there, flowering at just this time of year!
Best wishes
Peter

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Subject: Metallic green and red bug
Location: Pacific north west.  Seattle, Washington
December 10, 2015 1:20 am
Found this metallic almost Rastafarian type beetle wandering around on the floor of my room. I tried to look it up but wasn’t able to find anything similar to this bug I found so I was hoping you may know.
Signature: Paige

Golden Buprestid

Golden Buprestid

Dear Paige,
Could you please be a bit more specific about the location.  Washington?  British Columbia???  This is a Golden Buprestid,
Buprestis aurulenta, one of the Jewel Beetles, and you can read more about it on BugGuide.

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Subject: Some type of Red Jewel Beetle?
Location: Chidlow, Western Australia
December 4, 2015 8:41 pm
Hi,
We were cleaning out our gutters and found this chap dead amongst the accumulated leaves. Looks a lot like one of the pictures on the WA Museum’s composite photos of red jewel beetles, but ours seems to have a lot more yellow on it, or perhaps it has just faded a bit in the sun? Any thoughts please? As you can see we also found a Western Glossy Stag Beetle!
We are located near the village of Chidlow, on 5 acres amongst partially cleared farming land and bush, in the hills east of Perth, Western Australia.
Thanks,
Signature: Tom and Sue McNaughtan

Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle

Dear Tom and Sue,
There is much diversity within the family of Jewel Beetles (Buprestidae) from Australia and there is also variability within the species.  We believe your individual may be in the genus
Castiarina, which is well represented on the Buprestidae of Australia site.  We found a matching image of a Western Glossy Stag Beetle on Red Bubble, but there is no scientific name provided.  We believe that based on the Beetle Space site, that this is a female Lamprima micardi.  There are Asian instructions provided on breeding the species as well as many images taken in captivity on Insect Forum.  There are probably quite a few collectors salivating over your lucky discovery.

Stag Beetle and Jewel Beetle

Western Glossy Stag Beetle and Jewel Beetle

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