Western Cedar Borer

Subject: Metallic boring beetle- what kind?
Location: Issaquah, Washington
May 18, 2014 2:36 pm
I think we have a metallic boring beetle here- what kind is it and what does it eat? We have 100+ year old douglas firs, western red cedars, and of course the house… This was taken in May, 2014
Signature: Athena

Western Cedar Borer
Western Cedar Borer

Hi Athena,
We believe we have correctly identified your Jewel Beetle as a Western Cedar Borer,
Trachykele blondeli, thanks to images posted on BugGuide with a comment by Eric Eaton that reads:  “This is one of the least common of buprestids.”  Though BugGuide does not offer any information, we can surmise that based on the name, the larvae feed on cedar.

Awesome, thanks! I really appreciate your help.
Take care,

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