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chuck clark - Chrysobothris octocola

chuck clark - Chrysobothris octocola
Weslaco, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
January 29, 2011

Moved from ID Request.

Using the information provide
Using the information provided, it looks just like a Chrysobothris affinis. Next question, having found this in South Texas, is it rare for this area?

14 spp. of Chrysobothris in the RGV per Vogt (1949)
There is no such sp. as Chrysobothris affinis. I don't even find affinis listed as a synonym. (1)

Looks like:

Chrysobothris octocola LeConte
Det. S. G. Wellso

Per Vogt, C. octocola taken at practically all localities (Starr to Cameron Co.), Jan 21-Nov (prob. yr round), undoubtedly the most common bup in the Valley...

Vogt, G.H. 1949. A biologically annotated list of the Buprestidae of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 42: 192-202.

Chrysobothris of sorts

This appears to be...
some kind of metallic wood-boring beetle (Buprestidae). I've cropped your photo so that non-editors can see it better.

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