Click Beetle from Canada: Selatosomus species

Subject: Can you tell me
Location: PEI Canada
May 20, 2013 5:33 am
we found this bug on Haskaps we grow and would like to know what it is
Signature: Tommy

Metallic Borer Beetle
Click Beetle

Dear Tommy,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  We need to research the species and we may run out of time this morning.  Our initial search did not provide a species ID so we will try to contact Eric Eaton and perhaps one of our readers will submit a comment today.

Correction courtesy of Eric Eaton and Mardikavana (via comment)
That is because it is not a buprestid 🙂  This is a click beetle, family Elateridae (note acute hind angles on the thorax), specifically this one:
Neat find, great image!

2 thoughts on “Click Beetle from Canada: Selatosomus species”

  1. This is a Click Beetle from genus Selatosomus. There are two similar looking species: Selatosomus pulcher and S. festivus but if you look at the distribution maps then it more likely to be S. pulcher. I hope that this information helps.


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