Subject: Jewel beatle?
Geographic location of the bug: Mornington Penninsula Vic Australia
Time: 08:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi Bug Man,l found this beetle on my deck. ls it a common beatle. l have lived in Rosebud Vic Australia for 25 years and an avid gardener. l have not seen it before.
How you want your letter signed: Thank you regards Kerri
This is indeed a Jewel Beetle or Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and we believe we have correctly identified it as a Variable Jewel Beetle, Temognatha variabilis, thanks to images on the Brisbane Insect site. It is also pictured on Atlas of Living Australia.