[SFR] bug id

cool thanks. I guess he's 3 1/2 months early.

I found him outside in a dormant state, when I brought him in and put him under the light he really snapped to attention.
I'm going to go out on a limb here, since my forest entomology class was a looong time ago, but if this beetle is small-- say maybe 3/4 inch long and the back is metallic green as it appears in the jpg, then I'd say cedar borer. If it's larger, like 1 1/2, and not metallic green, I'd say june bug. I found a dead one very similar in the sill plate of my house during a "small" project.

It's a beetle in the family Buprestidae -- short-horned wood-boring beetles.
The pictures aren't from the best angle to tell for sure (top view, lateral view), but the metallic green color is pretty clear.

An alternative would be a Chrysomelid, but it is not a June beetle. The antennae for June beetles (family Scarabidae) are distinctly different.


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Not a june bug. All the june bugs I encountered in Texas were tan\brown and had much thicker legs and antenae. As a kid riding a bike, you dreaded when these big clunky flying things would fill the air. SMACK! Had one almost take my eye out. Had to avoid riding under the street lights at night. June bugs are also major pests when you are in a swimming pool. They get stuck in the pool and have a nack for finding your hair and grabbing on...

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