Jewel Beetle

Beetle, Fluoresent green head, orange/black body
August 11, 2009
Found this at Clearlake State Park on the road (alive) less than one inch long- see image for coloring. Ranger didn’t know what it was and couldn’t find it in the books at the information center. Thanks
Mary Alberts
Kelseyville, CA on Aug. 8th 2009

Jewel Beetle:  Buprestis viridisuturalis
Jewel Beetle: Buprestis viridisuturalis

Hi Mary,
This is one of the Metallic Wood Boring Beetles in the family Buprestidae, also known as the Jewel Beetles.  We believe we have identified your specimen as Buprestis viridisuturalis based on images posted to BugGuide.
We posted a photo of a dead specimen from Acton  back in 2006 and at that time we learned from Ken Weiner, a Natural Resource Specialist with Englebright & Martis Creek Lades that  “The buprestid from Acton, California is Buprestisviridisuturalis Nicolay & Weiss. It is found in dead Fremont Cottonwoods.”

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