Western Pine Borer

Help identify Beetle!
Hello! First of all, I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed looking at your website and all of the different beetles that were listed. It is really fascinating what people find around their homes. The pictures are fantastic. We live in Olympia, WA (Pacific NW) and recently found this beetle hiding on the shady side of a plastic container. It is just a hair over 1 inch long. Its slow moving and has an irridescent pinkish sheen to it and large eyes. I have never seen one around here before and no one else seems familiar with it either. What is it? Thanks!

Hi Melinda,
This is a Western Pine Borer, Chalcophora angulicollis. It ranges from Alaska to New Mexico and west to California. Adults feed on foliage and larvae bores in firs and pines. This is one of the Metallic Wood Boring Beetles in the family Buprestidae.

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