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Gyascutus planicosta

Gyascutus planicosta
Riverside County, California, USA
July 9, 1950
Collected by R E McKenzie. Awesome buprestid, and since it's been around so long I think its time to put an ID on it, at least to genus I hope.

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Gyascutus planicosta Gyascutus planicosta

The genus is Gyascutus (forme
The genus is Gyascutus (formerly Hippomelas). From the well defined costae and sculptured pronotum it looks to be Gyascutus planicosta.

Thanks Dennis, I have looked
Thanks Dennis, I have looked at this specimen with curiousity, very pretty specimen.

I have one specimen from Palm
I have one specimen from Palm Springs that has the elytral surface covered with the whitish wax and only the costae visible. Gives it metallic green pin-stripes. Its extremely difficult to collect these without loosing the wax.