Friday, April 15, 2011

Shiny Green Bug: What is it?

OK, this beetle does not technically fall within the Nature of Portland, but it comes pretty close.  I took these pictures a few years ago up along the Clackamas River, during the summer.  When I ran across this post over at Appalachia & Beyond, I remembered that I had these pictures and wondered if this was an Emerald Ash Borer.  But those are smaller (this beetle was about an inch long, if I remember right), and those also seem to be an eastern species.  So I thought - now that I have this blog - why not throw these pictures out there and see if anyone can identify the beetle.

This pic is a little fuzzy

No - I don't have the answer.  I did a quick search but didn't come up with anything before my attention span gave way.  I am interested.  I'd love to read about this particular beetle after someone does the ID work for me.  So my secret is out... I'm a lazy nature nut.

Notice the ridges in the elytra (hard forewings)

Any aspiring (or actual) entomologists out there?  If we don't come up with an ID within a week or so, I might submit the photos to What's That Bug?

The backdrop for these pictures is the fabric of a tent.  For those that aren't familiar with the Clackamas River area, it's part of the Mt. Hood National Forest, southeast of Portland (map below).  So conifer forest, near a river.  Elevation about 1250 ft.

OK - bring on the IDs!

Update: See comments below for the discussion - I think we have an ID!

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