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Olive Euphoria - Euphoria herbacea

Olive Euphoria - Euphoria herbacea
Near I-85 and Cole Mill Rd., Durham County, North Carolina, USA
July 7, 2005
Size: 16 mm
A few of these beetles were coursing back and forth over mossy areas in a clearing on the east side of a woodland. I usually see these beetles in such areas, where there is moss and shade. I am presuming this is where they pupate, and these are males looking for females that I see flying. The beetles rather resemble Cotinis nitida, also emerging at the same time, but more over lawns. Thus Euphoria herbacea is easy to miss. Look for the more dull-green color of this Euphoria, as opposed to the shining irridescence of Cotinis. I've yet to see Euphoria herbacea at flowers. Let me know if you see them there, anyone.

This individual was captured, posed, measured, and released. Dorsal view here. This is also a July date for the guide--I have previously seen them just in June. The June-July dates agree with those reported in the early 20th century by the Brimleys for North Carolina. (1)

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never at flowers
but I have seen these buzzing around 1 to 2 feet off the ground in grassy back yards.

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