Jewel Beetle

Subject: beetle
Location: san diego CA
April 1, 2014 8:34 pm
can you identify this guy? very pretty beetle, about 1 in long. iridescent and had a green back under the wings when it flew off. found mar 31 in san diego, ca. curious as i am always looking at bugs in my neighborhood and have never seen this one before. any help much appreciated
Signature: d

Jewel Beetle:  possibly Dicerca hornii
Jewel Beetle: possibly Dicerca hornii

Dear d,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and we believe it may be
Dicerca hornii based on the photos and range listed on BugGuide.

Jewel Beetle
Jewel Beetle

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