Sculptured Pine Borer, we believe

Subject: Gold Beetle
Location: St. Mary’s, GA
April 8, 2013 11:45 am
Curious of what kind of beetle this is. We looked online and came up with Gold Pit Oak Beetle but they are not in America. Any thoughts??
Signature: Kelly D.

Possibly Sculptured Pine Borer
Possibly Sculptured Pine Borer

Hi Kelly,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  We believe it might be a Sculptured Pine Borer,
Chalcophora virginiensis, but we are not certain.  It might be another member of the genus.  It looks very close to this specimen posted to BugGuide.

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