Goldsmith Beetle

Subject: Goldsmith Beetle
Location: Shoreview, MN
June 16, 2013 4:07 pm
My 6 year old daughter found this beetle on 6/16/13 in Shoreview, MN (a suburb north of St Paul, MN). Based on the pictures, it looks just like the Goldsmith Beetle.
Signature: Maggie Setley

Goldsmith Beetle
Goldsmith Beetle

Dear Maggie,
This is a Goldsmith Beetle, described on BugGuide as being:  “A large yellow/green scarab with no elytral markings. Elytra has irregular rows of punctures.”  This is one of the insects that is suspected of being the inspiration for Edgar Allen Poe’s
“The Gold Bug” which is one of his less macabre stories.  We would highly suggest that you read it aloud to your daughter to cement the memory of the day she found the Gold Bug, a common name suggested on BugGuide.

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