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Mystery Bug on a Stump

My son, Tony, took this photo this past week at Triangle Lake (Oregon). The beautiful bug was crawling across a stump when he captured the showy backside. If anyone knows what the name of this beautiful bug is let me know. It was approx. 3/4″ long. Joshua Bergan provided the answer! The ‘golden buprestid beetle’.


7 Responses to “Mystery Bug on a Stump”


  1. 1 Anonymous
    September 20, 2012 at 09:10

    This is the “golden buprestid,” Cypriacis aurulenta. This is a relatively common beetle in the Pacific Northwest. They live in dead and dying conifers. It’s reproted that the larvae may bore in a tree for decades (the reported record is 51 years) before emerging as adults like this one.

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  2. 2 JB
    September 20, 2012 at 07:03

    Magnificent. I’m gonna say it’s the golden buprestid beetle.

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  3. 4 Pam
    September 19, 2012 at 22:37

    I have no idea, but for a bug it’s beautiful.

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  4. September 19, 2012 at 22:34

    Its got me stumped 🙂

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