Insect That Eat Wood: All You Need to Know – A Quick Guide

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Wood-eating insects can cause serious damage to homes, furniture, and even trees. These troublesome pests may go unnoticed for a long time, leading to extensive damage and costly repairs. Understanding the different types of wood-eating insects and their habits can help homeowners and property owners identify and control potential infestations.

One common wood-eating insect is the Bostrichid Powderpost Beetle, which can attack both hardwood and softwood materials. Another type of destructive insect is the Red Oak Borer, which targets oak and maple trees.

To effectively manage these insects, it’s essential to recognize the early signs of infestation, such as small holes in wooden structures and sawdust-like powder. Implementing preventative measures, such as sealing cracks and using treatments, can help to minimize the risk of future infestations.

Types of Wood-Eating Insects


Termites are one of the most well-known wood-eating insects. They can cause extensive damage to wooden structures, and are often found in homes, trees, and outdoor furniture. There are several species of termites, including destructive termites like Formosan termites.

  • Features:
    • Wings
    • Antennae
    • Social insects

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants, unlike termites, do not actually eat wood. Instead, they excavate wood to create nests for their colonies. They can cause structural damage, especially in moist wood.

  • Features:
    • Winged adults
    • Antennae
    • Larger than other ants

Comparison of Termites and Carpenter Ants

Termites Carpenter Ants
Eat Wood Yes No
Cause Damage Yes, extensive damage Yes, often in moist wood
Appearance White, soft bodies Dark, hard bodies
Social Structure Colonies Colonies

Wood-Boring Beetles

Wood-boring beetles, like the powderpost beetle and deathwatch beetle, can cause significant damage to wooden structures and trees. These beetles lay their eggs in wood, and their larvae then bore through the wood, feeding on it.

  • Features:
    • Antennae
    • Boring larvae
    • Varied adult forms

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are similar to bumble bees, but they burrow into wood to create nesting sites. They do not eat wood, but their burrowing activity can cause cosmetic damage to wooden structures.

  • Features:
    • Similar to bumble bees
    • Burrows in wood
    • Does not eat wood

Wood Wasps and Horntails

Wood wasps and horntails are another group of insects that can cause damage to wood. They lay their eggs in bark, and the larvae then burrow into the wood, feeding on it. These are not as destructive as some other wood-eating insects, but can still cause issues in trees and wooden structures.

  • Features:
    • Stingless
    • Similar in size to bees
    • Lay eggs in bark

Signs of Wood-Eating Insect Infestations

Tunnels and Galleries

Wood-eating insects like powderpost beetles and termites create tunnels and galleries. These are:

  • Tunnels: Passageways where insects move through the wood
  • Galleries: Chambers in the wood where they feed, lay eggs, and grow

These structures are signs of infestation, especially if combined with other indicators such as sawdust or exit holes.

Sawdust and Frass

Insect activity often produces sawdust-like material and frass. These are:

  • Sawdust: Fine wood particles caused by the insects boring into the wood
  • Frass: Fecal matter left behind by wood-eating insects

Look for piles of sawdust and frass near wood surfaces or furniture as evidence of an infestation.

Exit Holes

Exit holes are small openings that insects create when they leave the wood. They can be found in various sizes, depending on the insect:

  • Powderpost beetles: Tiny exit holes, about 1/16 inch in diameter
  • Termites: Larger exit holes, roughly 1/8 inch in diameter

In general, more exit holes indicate a more severe infestation.

Mud Tubes

Mud tubes are a sign of subterranean termites. These termites build mud tubes to:

  • Protect themselves from predators and dehydration
  • Maintain a moist and dark environment

The tubes can be found on foundations, walls, and other structures. Look for these tubes in damp areas near wood and soil.

Swarm and Nests

Some wood-eating insects, like termites and wood-boring beetles, create nests and swarm during certain seasons. Identifying these characteristics can help determine the type of infestation:

Insect Nest Characteristics Swarming Season
Subterranean termites Nests typically in soil, connected to wood via mud tubes Spring months
Drywood termites Build nests directly in the wood (no mud tubes) Late summer and early fall
Wood-boring beetles Lay eggs in wood, creating larval galleries Late spring to early summer (varies)

Examine the area for nests and swarm activity, which can help diagnose the specific type of infestation.

Prevention and Control Methods

Reducing Moisture

  • Ensure proper ventilation in your home to reduce humidity
  • Fix any leakage or plumbing issues immediately

By controlling moisture levels, you can prevent the growth of fungus and rotting wood that attracts wood-boring insects such as Bostrichid Powderpost Beetles.

Proper Storage of Firewood

  • Store firewood away from your home and off the ground
  • Cover firewood with a tarp to protect it from rain

Proper storage prevents infestations and makes it less likely for insects like Long-horned Beetles to enter your home.

Keeping Trees and Plants Healthy

  • Regularly prune and trim trees or plants
  • Inspect them for insect activity or damage

Healthy trees and plants are less susceptible to wood-boring insects’ attacks. Maintaining their health reduces the chances of infestations.

Regular Inspections and Maintenance

  • Check wooden structures for signs of insect activity
  • Repair or replace damaged wood promptly

Regular inspections help you detect and address any infestations early, preventing extensive damage.

Using Insecticides and Treatments

  • Use diatomaceous earth as a natural treatment
  • Fumigate infested wood or apply woodworm treatment

Insecticides and treatments can help control existing infestations. Be sure to follow the instructions for safe and effective use.

Comparison Table: Diatomaceous Earth vs. Fumigation

Treatment Pros Cons
Diatomaceous Earth – Non-toxic
– Eco-friendly
– May need reapplication
– Not suitable for severe infestations
Fumigation – Effective for severe infestations
– Provides quick results
– Toxic chemicals
– Costly and may need professional assistance

By following these prevention and control methods, you can protect your home from wood-destroying insects and maintain the integrity of your wooden structures.

Handling and Repairing Wood Damage

Assessing Structural Damage

When dealing with wood-destroying insects like subterranean termites and wood-boring beetles, it’s important to first assess the extent of structural damage in buildings:

  • Check floors, beams, and structural timbers for signs of damage
  • Identify rotten wood and woodworm damage in both softwoods and hardwoods

Using Filler and Sealants

Once the damage has been assessed, repairs may involve using filler and sealants:

  • Use filler for smaller damage or non-structural areas
  • Sealants can help prevent further damage and maintain structural integrity


  • Epoxy-based wood fillers suitable for both interior and exterior repairs
  • Polyurethane sealants to fill gaps and protect against moisture

Replacing Damaged Wood

In cases of extensive damage, it may be necessary to replace damaged wood:

  • Replace structural timbers like joists and beams if they have lost their integrity
  • Consider treating new wood with wood preservative chemicals to prevent future damage

Maintaining Treated Wood

After repairing or replacing damaged wood, proper maintenance is crucial:

Repair Method Pros Cons
Filler & Sealants Quick and cost-effective May not be suitable for extensive damage or structural repairs
Replacing Wood Restores structural integrity More expensive and time-consuming
Maintaining Treated Wood Prevents future damage Requires ongoing attention and care

Reader Emails

Over the years, our website, has received hundreds of letters and some interesting images asking us about these insects. Scroll down to have a look at some of them.

Letter 1 – Brush Jewel Beetle from South Africa


Subject: Hairy bug
Location: South Africa , west coast
August 13, 2016 8:47 am
This bug was found on the west coast of the western cape South Africa in mid winter. It doesn’t appear to have wings
Signature: Bonnie

Brush Jewel Beetle
Brush Jewel Beetle

Dear Bonnie,
This is a gorgeous Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and we quickly identified it on iSpot as the Brush Jewel Beetle,
Julodis hirsuta subsp. hirsuta.  Your description of a “hairy bug” is so amusing in that entomologists who determined the scientific name decided that one reference to it being hirsute was not sufficient.  We would not entirely rule out that this might be Julodis cirrosa, also pictured on iSpot, based on this comment on iSpot from BeetleDude:  “Only two (sub)species of Julodis co-occur in the Klein Karoo, namely Julodis cirrosa cirrosa and Julodis hirsuta hirsuta. Their other subspecies are more easily identifiable, but it is really not easy to discriminate between J. c. cirrosa and J. h. hirsuta. But this set of photographs is just great! With specimens in hand, the identification would be clinched by studying sculptural patterns on the cuticle, details of the legs and the internal male genitalia, but these are just not ever visible enough on pictures not taken under a microscope and by a specialist.  Nonetheless, these pictures show lots and lots of character states one needs to take into account. I’ll skip the detail. Here are three important reasons for my identification of this beast as Julodis hirsuta hirsuta.
1. Setal brushes on dorsum confused, not in longitudinal rows, with small setal patches among the larger ones, and the setal brushes covering at least one quarter of elytral surface (different in J. c. cirrosa).
2. Majority of setal brushes on head longer than half the width of the eye (different in J. c. cirrosa).
3. Apex of underside of last visible abdominal segment truncate in the male {which this is} (different in J. c. cirrosa).”  A Brush Jewel Beetle is also pictured on BioDiversity Explorer

Brush Jewel Beetle
Brush Jewel Beetle

Thank you so much for your quick response. It was a very exciting discovery for us.


Letter 2 – Endemic Jewel Beetle from Cyprus


Subject: Golden Yellow bug
Location: Cyprus, Kalo Chorio
April 22, 2017 7:18 am
Found this outside the offices near the flower bushes, trying to figure out what species this is, looks like some sort fuzzy little scarab but not sure what kind exactly.
Signature: Random Office worker

Jewel Beetle

Dear Random Office Worker,
We believe we have correctly identified this lovely Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae as
Julodis armeniaca cypria, a subspecies endemic to Cyprus, thanks to the Nature Wonders site where it states:  “Endemic subspecies of Cyprus. The nominal species J. a. armeniaca Marseul, 1864, can be found in Turkey and the Near East.”  It is also pictured on BioLib.  Though this is a new species to our site, we do have amazing images from South Africa of a relative in the same genus, the Brush Jewel Beetle.

Jewel Beetle: Julodis armeniaca cypria

Letter 3 – Flatheaded Borer Larva: Jewel Beetle, possibly Red Legged Buprestis


worm or grub?
January 4, 2010
This bug was found while cutting down an oak tree in Pasco County in Florida. The cicle is the head and sections I guess the tail. From the photo it looks like it may have a stinger of sorts, but I was assured it did not. Any ideas?
Pasco County, Fl.

Flatheaded Borer Larva
Flatheaded Borer Larva

Dear Shaune,
The larva in your photo is a Flatheaded Borer in the family Buprestidae, known as the Metallic Wood Borers or Jewel Beetles.  We were uncertain of the species so we tried to search BugGuide for members of the family that bore in oaks, and we found your photo posted there, though there was no conclusive species identification.  We continued to search the web for potential species and on the Texas Beetle Information website, we found that the Red Legged Buprestis, Buprestis rufipes, bores in oaks.  According to BugGuide, it is found in Florida, so that might be your species, though BugGuide lists maple and birch as the host plants.  The positive identification of larvae is quite difficult.

Letter 4 – Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer in Jamaica


What type of Beetle is this?
I came across this bug in my front garden on the weekend, my mom thought it was a giant cockroach but when i got closer I realised it was some type of beetle. I live on the island of Jamaica in the middle of the capitol city Kingston. I am a National Geographic fan but had never seen this before and certainly not in my front yard?
Maria A. Hitchins

Hi Maria,
This is a Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer, Euchroma gigantea. It is found in many parts of Central and South America.

Letter 5 – Flatheaded Hardwood Borer


Subject: Slightly Iridescent Beetle
Location: Sidney, ME
June 19, 2012 8:35 am
Hello! I found this little guy clinging to the outside of my house when I got home yesterday. I know some of the beetles in the area, but have never come across one that looks quite like this, with an iridescent stripe down its back. Any idea what kind it is?
Signature: Steve

Flatheaded Hardwood Borer

Hi Steve,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and the members of the family are commonly called Jewel Beetles because many species have bright, metallic coloration.  We are uncertain of the species, but we suspect it might be the Flaheaded Hardwood Borer,
Dicerca divaricata, based on photos posted to BugGuide, notably the tips of the elytra visible in this BugGuide image.

Letter 6 – Ehrenbergi’s Jewel Beetle from Greece


Subject: Large green yellowish insect
Location: Athens Greece
May 24, 2015 8:09 am
I am in Athens, Greece, on the south coast at Voula suburb and I encluntered three of these insects on a small bush flower. I have never seen them before and no one around here can identify them. Would greatly appreciate your input. Region of Athens Greece, near the coast of Voula, month of May.
Signature: Olympia zacharakis

Ehrenbergi's Jewel Beetle
Ehrenbergi’s Jewel Beetle

Dear Olympia,
Because we recognized your beautiful beetles as Jewel Beetles or Metallic Borer Beetles in the family Buprestidae, it did not take long to identify them as Ehrenberg’s Jewel Beetles,
Julodis ehrenbergii.  We were excited to find a matching image on the Natural History of Thasos site, but alas, there was only general information on the family and the species in the image was not identified.  We continued to search and then discovered Dr. Bayram’s website and the species identification for your Jewel Beetle.  Allan Morley’s FlickRiver posting has this amusing observation:  “The Daddy of all bugs. Approx 4 inches long (10cm). I was walking in a likely area when with a thud this fella landed in front of me. He was on the ground, on his back and was clutching a flower head which had obviously upset him as he was giving it waldi. Having ripped off every petal and showed the flower who was boss he righted himself and I got this shot. I would have loved to have got down at eye level with him but I got the distinct impression that if I tried he would have taken my camera off me and hit me over the head with it. He was NOT in a good mood. After this he fired up like a 747 and flew off never to be seen again. What a beast!”

Ehrenbergi's Jewel Beetles
Ehrenbergi’s Jewel Beetles

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so so much! You just made my day and put a big smile on my face! It was a beautiful encounter and I stumbled upon them during my meditation walk. Very spiritual too. Jewel beetle… What a treat…
Bless you and the work your team does. I will pass it along and wish for people to donate as well.
All the best,

Letter 7 – Emerald Ash Borers Procreating!!!


I was checking out your site and think its a great resource. My job involves exotic pests and I am on the constant look out for them. Attached is a picture I took of Emerald Ash Borer in Michigan
I hope your readers are on the look out for this pest.
Keep up the great work
Brian Sullivan
Plant Health Safeguarding Specialist

Hi Brian,
Thanks for sending in this image. We created a link from your name back to your email address in case anyone spots the Emerald Ash Borers.

Letter 8 – Bug of the Month: June 2007 – Emerald Ash Borer


Please post…
Good Evening,
Could you possibly post some information on the Emerald Ash Borer as a feature? Their spread and destruction of trees has been all over the news and many people that I know are now killing every green bug they see. The insect population of Wisconsin thanks you!

Hi Teresa,
What a wonderful suggestion. We just returned from a week in Ohio and the Emerald Ash Borer was quite the topic of discussion. We received the following letter earlier in the year and are thrilled to repost it to our homepage.

Emerald Ash Borer
(03/29/2007) Emerald Ash Borer
Dear bugman,
This is in response to the folks from Ohio that sent in a photo of the 6 Spotted Tiger Beetle. I’m glad Bruce does recognize its not EAB but I have attached photos I took in the past that might help people ID Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) if they think they have found it. Note the D shaped exit hole.They will be emerging in early June and ending about mid July. Your readers may find the attached website of use and report these pests if found in new areas.
Keep up the good work

Hi Brian,
Thank you ever so much for providing us with a photo and information. We will try to remember to repost your letter on our homepage in June.

Another Link
(05/31/2007) link to Emerald Ash Borer doesn’t work, but here’s another one
Daniel and Lisa, Try this link (not sure it has exactly the same info, but…): More bugs! Less email! regards,
Dave Fallow

Hi Dave,
Thanks. We corrected the original link issue as well.

Mating Emerald Ash Borers
(05/31/2007) Emerald Ash Borer
Dear Bugman
Thanks for making Emerald Ash Borer the bug of the month. This will help folks learn more about this pest and maybe discover new sites where it has become established and report them. Attached is an old photo of them mating and a good close up shot. Remember-Don’t Move Infested Wood! Keep up the good work
Brian Sullivan
Plant Health Safeguarding Specialist

Hi again Brian,
Thanks for sending us another wonderful image to better help our readers identify the Emerald Ash Borers.

Letter 9 – Emerald Ash Borer


Emerald Ash Borer
Dear bugman,
This is in response to the folks from Ohio that sent in a photo of the 6 Spotted Tiger Beetle. I’m glad Bruce does recognize its not EAB but I have attached photos I took in the past that might help people ID Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) if they think they have found it. Note the D shaped exit hole.They will be emerging in early June and ending about mid July. Your readers may find the attached website of use and report these pests if found in new areas. Keep up the good work

Hi Brian,
Thank you ever so much for providing us with a photo and information. We will try to remember to repost your letter on our homepage in June.

Letter 10 – Flatheaded Hardwood Borer


Location: New Hampton, NH
July 7, 2012 11:21 am
Found this guy in New Hampshire yesterday. Was unsure what it was until I just saw the other post from Maine. Amazing colors, especially the copper legs and antennae. My 9yo daughter and I have come across many insects but this is the first time we have seen this type of beetle. (he’s playing possum in the second picture) By the way we love your site, keep up the great work.
Signature: Ken & Emma

Flatheaded Hardwood Borer

Hi Ken,
We agree that this is a Flatheaded Hardwood Borer,
Dicerca divaricata.  Your photos make it evident why this family of beetles are known as the Metallic Borer Beetles or Jewel Beetles.  Thanks for the compliment.

Letter 11 – Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer from Brazil


Subject: Green Beetle
Location: São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brasil
November 3, 2012 8:22 pm
Hi, I’m writing from Brazil, Southeast region, and, in a common crowded downtown, this guy (or girl), landed softly on my arm. I was curious how it was so docile, so I bring it to my garden. I didn’t see any behaviour in the garden, he/she just stared at me, like a docile pet, and let me pick it up at any time. It was huge for a city bug, like about 8 cm length by 4 cm width. Too bad I miss it, maybe he flew away, or my labrador ate it ;/
I found no information, but then I found the only picture, but again with no information. Cute, strong and green. That’s all I have 🙁
By time, I call it Manfred.
Signature: Felipe Medeiros

Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer

Hi Felipe,
This impressive insect is a Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer,
Euchroma gigantea, one of the Metallic Borer Beetles or Jewel Beetles in the family Buprestidae.  We have at least six previous postings on our site from Central and South America, including this informative posting of a Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer from Panama.

Letter 12 – Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer from Costa Rica


Subject: The Most Beautiful Bug in the World
Location: Southern Pacific Costa Rica – near Golfito
January 3, 2013 12:16 pm
Hi there!
We found this amazingly beautiful large Bug in our pasture near Golfito, Costa Rica in July. The picture does not do it justice. It measures approx. 2.75” long and about 1.25” wide & had metallic green gold with metallic, iridescent pinkish peach colors on its back. I did an image google and have found nothing like it. Any information you might have would be great. Also, can you advise us on a good insect book for Costa Rica?
Thanks much,
Signature: -Kate

Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer

Hi Kate,
This is indeed a beautiful beetle.  It is a Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer and it is relatively well represented in our archives.  We have gotten photos from Central America as well as at least one image of a Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer from Brazil.  It is in the family Buprestidae, a group of beetles sometimes called Jewel Beetlesbecause of their beautiful metallic coloration.

Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer

Letter 13 – Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer from Peru


Subject: Peruvian beetle 3
Location: Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru
March 11, 2013 2:51 pm
I have googled around and the closest to and ID is the Euchroma gigantea. Could this be right or is it an other specie that reminds a lot of the Euchroma gigantea? I haven’t found any that match the colors of this one.
Signature: Kristian

Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer
Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer

Hi Kristian,
YOu are absolutely correct.  This is a Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer,
Euchroma gigantea, and it is found in Central and South America.

Thanks, Daniel!
Good to hear that it’s a Euchroma gigantea. That means I was right and that all that time I spent searching the internet wasn’t a waste!

Letter 14 – Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer from Costa Rica


Subject: Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer
Location: Reserva Biológica Tirimbina, Costa Rica
January 2, 2014 9:03 am
Not a question, but I have been using you web site as a resource and thought I would add an image to your collection.
Signature: Colin

Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer
Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer

Hi Colin,
You are so thoughtful to provide us with this beautiful image of a Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer,
Euchroma giganteum, for our archives.

Letter 15 – Countdown 11 more postings to the 20,000 Mark: Jewel Beetle from Spain


Subject: Large noisy beetles
Location: Costa Blanca, Spain
March 31, 2015 3:41 am
Hello, we live in Spain, on the East coast, near lots of pines. In the last few days the weather has warmed up and the giant flying beetles have come out. I know they are harmless but they scare me! They bump into things a lot and seem most active during the hot part of the day. Are they a form of wood boring beetle or a jewel beetle? They are huge – abut 1.5-2 inches. The back is irridescent greeny brown, (like camouflage) with white markings.
Signature: LloJo

Jewel Beetle
Jewel Beetle

Dear LloJo,
You are correct that this is a Jewel Beetle or Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  We believe we have identified it as
Chalcophora mariana on FlickR.  A subsequent search found it listed on the Invasive and Exotic Species of North America site where the common name Flatheaded Pine Borer is used.  According to INPN (Inventaire National du Patrimoine Naturel) the indigenous range is France and Spain.  Perhaps the most amusing information we found is that you can order a 60×37 inch Peel and Stick Removable Graphic Wall Decal from Amazon for only $99.99 plus $7.99 shipping.

Ha ha! That would be truly terrifying!
Thanks soooo much for your very quick response! Lots of great info for me to google…
Thanks once again

Letter 16 – Eastern Poplar Buprestid


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.

Letter 17 – Brush Jewel Beetle from South Africa


Subject:  what’s this insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  West Coast South Africa
Date: 08/13/2019
Time: 09:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  So I found this insect outside my home, I’ve never seen anything like it. I hope you can let me know what type of insect it is so I can do more research about it. Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  L.S.

Brush Jewel Beetle

Dear L.S.,
This is a Jewel Beetle in the genus
Julodis, and we believe it is the Brush Jewel Beetle, Julodis hirsuta subsp. hirsuta.  The species is pictured on iNaturalist, but there is no information about the beetle.  Many species in the genus are pictured on Virtual Beetle, and we would not entirely rule out that your individual might be Julodis cirrosa or Julodis mira syn. sulcicollis


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  • I would cook and eat this one in a heartbeat. Too bad that, overall, commercial-scale farming of wood-boring beetle larvae is impractical. Though I still have hopes for Rhynchophorus…


  • I have a Bush Beetle at home growing up. Spotted it 3 days ago. Have taken photos every day.

  • I was sitting on the front deck as I’m in Northeast Pennsylvania near Milford, and this bug landed on my Walker and at first I thought it was a lightning bug, and then it fell on the deck flooring… it was very quiet and I thought maybe it had expired or something, because he was so afraid(?) I picked him up very gently and put him in a plant that I had growing on the table so he could recover a little more quickly being near leaves. Or at least that’s what I thought. And on the deck and he didn’t move at all. I really thought he had died. But when the sunlight hit the wings it was like a beautiful copper color, and I saw the protruding bug eyes, and I thought what in the world is this thing? I’ve been here nearly 4 years and I’ve never seen this before. I even Just has a crazy thought I had discovered a new species..ha! Ha!
    So I took a picture and found out what you said, it’s a flatheaded beetle. After about 15 minutes I looked around into the plant and he was gone, He was very patient to let me take his picture because he’s a very beautiful beetle. I’m so glad I found your site to find out what the heck I was looking at. His wings and body are so intricate in design, and those bug eyes… and the beautiful color made him an exceptionally pretty bug.
    Thanks for your research on this. I couldn’t wait to find out exactly what I was seeing.
    God bless. Patricia Owens – Pa.


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