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Blue Beetle on my cut crape myrtle branches - Chariessa vestita

Blue Beetle on my cut crape myrtle branches - Chariessa vestita
NW Austin, Williamson County, Texas, USA
August 18, 2007
Size: about 1 inch long
I think it is a beetle, but I wanted to know if it was a good bug or a bad bug.

North Austin reporting a sighting
I found 4 of these today on a branch in North Austin. Very striking appearance.

Blue Beetle
Thanks for your picture. Took some pictures of one in my backyard today and wanted to identify it. I live in North Austin so I guess they do show up here from time to time. 10/18/2012

Moved from Checkered Beetles.

Chariessa vestita
The clerid is Chariessa vestita (Chevrolat)....not common in USA...mostly Central American

Dr.Weston Opitz
Kansas Wesleyan University
Salina, Kansas 67401

New picture for y'all
I'm so glad I could contribute to your site. This little blue bug isn't too far from home in Central America. Since he's a good bug, I hope he and his family make a new home in my back yard here in Austin, Texas.

-Pamela Willett

Someone might suggest the following
because it has red legs and metallic blue uppers but it is clearly not the beetle in question:

I've cropped your image so the detail is clearer.
It certainly does seem to be a clerid beetle, most of which are predatory on other beetles, especially small bark beetles that *do* damage trees. So this is a very good beetle to have around. I'll see if I can get a more precise ID for you.

I'll take a wild guess and sa
Judging from the antennae, I'll take a wild guess and say that this is a Scarab of some sort. Never seen anything with bright red legs though. Are the colors in the photo as you remembered them?

YES, the colors are precise.
YES, the colors are precise. That is what made me take a picture of it. I was absolutely amazed at the color of this bug.

I'd actually go with a Clerid
I'd actually go with a Clerid of some sort

But I didn't find a picture t
But I didn't find a picture that looked like this one. Maybe it's because I have a better picture than can be found on this site? Or is there not a picture of one here?

New clerid for us
We have about 20,000 beetle images on, representing almost every beetle family in our region but we have a long way to go before we have a comprehensive image collection. Yours might be the first online image of this species but give us a little time to research it. I have just asked a clerid expert to have a look.

Cool. :-)
Cool. :-)

my email bounced :-( I'll have to try someone else. Okay, done. Now to wait for an answer.

Have you heard?
Do we have a positive ID on this yet? I have a small family of them in my yard in Austin.

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