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Unidentified Beatle - Cotinis mutabilis

Unidentified Beatle - Cotinis mutabilis
Alviso, Santa Clara County, California, USA
August 25, 2007
Size: 4 cm
Observed adjacent to salt marsh at the southern end of San Francisco Bay in mid-afternoon. Green shell was more irridescent in the field than it appears in the photo.

june beatle
i agree it looks more like a june beatle!

unknown beatle
Which kind of beatle is it?

June beetle...
Looks like it could be a june beetle.

Close, but not in California
It's a Green Fruit Beetle(Cotinus mutabilis). Nice shot of the head, which I've never seen clearly before.

Cotinis mutabilis
Interesting how the mark on the elytra varies. If I knew how, I'd put a pic of one from AZ here. Since I don't, I'll just post it to the species page and you can also see it if you click on my name here.

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Do you know if C. mutabilis is found in Texas? The Info pages for this and a similar species have got me confused.

Does it have moptop?

Fair hair, for a beetle anyway.