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Polycesta californica

Polycesta californica
Los Angeles County, California, USA
July 29, 1950
I have been trying to figure out what genus this is for the longest time its so frusterating. It looks beautiful though.

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Polycesta californica Polycesta californica

Moved from Polycesta.

Polycesta sp.
A firm ID isn't possible from the photo, but P. californica is the most common and widespread of the several species found in southern California.

Polycesta sp.
I am reasonably confident this is a species of Polycesta, but you will want Ted MacRae or Rick Westcott to confirm. Buprestids are seldom abundant, but Polycesta even less so, at least in my experience:-)

you are very right. very good
you are very right. very good ID, I did some more research on the genus and came up with an ID. hopefully some one will confirm my findings and if not, I'll learn somthing new.

The reflected blue light make
The reflected blue light makes it difficult to see the markings and bronze highlights you would expect from Polycesta californica, but I don't doubt that is what this is. Another picture might make a positive identification more likely.

The pictures look better and
The pictures look better and I have no problem saying that it is Polycesta californica.

here, I'll take better photos
here, I'll take better photos of this specimen, I took these when I was trying to figure out my camera, hard. I'll be doing a lot of retakes soon.

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