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ID for a beetle on buckwheat? - Chrysobothris subcylindrica

ID for a beetle on buckwheat? - Chrysobothris subcylindrica
Claremont, Los Angeles County, California, USA
July 2, 2012
This beetle was spotted on a stem of California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) at the Claremont Colleges’ Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station. I wondered if it might be a metallic wood-boring beetle (Buprestidae)? Any information about its identity will be greatly appreciated!

Update: Richard Westcott, who identified this beetle to species, notes that "the occurrence of this species on wild buckwheat undoubtedly is incidental, not indicative of a host plant. All known host plans are composites, family Asteraceae."

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ID for a beetle on buckwheat? - Chrysobothris subcylindrica ID for a beetle on buckwheat? - Chrysobothris subcylindrica ID for a beetle on buckwheat? - Chrysobothris subcylindrica

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Thanks so much for the species identification! I’m glad to be able to contribute some images of this species in the wild.

I added your comment about host plants to the description above. We do have plenty of Asteraceae at the field station, as you can see from our plant list.

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Thanks!
Thanks so much! This will be a new taxon for our field station invert list.

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Thanks! It semms like I was on the right track as to the family. I hope an expert will be able to take it little further.

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