Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Bug


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Hi, Nicole:

Thanks for sharing your wonderful image!

It is a type of jewel beetle, family Buprestidae, specifically Acmaeodera rubronotata .  They are wasp mimics and fly with their wing covers closed (most beetles fly with the wing covers open).

If you are on Facebook, please consider joining my group "Arthropods Colorado" where you can post your images and get them identified, too.

You might also consider Bugguide.net, which also helps folks identify images of insects.

I live in Colorado Springs myself, so I'd be happy to help you identify any insects from Colorado via e-mail:  BugEric24ATyahooDOTcom.


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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