Help! Can you identify this insect? February 18, 2014 / Ted C. MacRae On cottonwood (Populus deltoides) | Beaver Dunes State Park, Oklahoma. Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2014 Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLike this:Like Loading...
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It’s a buprestid. Probably in the genus Agrilus, because It looks a lot like an emerald ash borer except for the colour.
I assumed you knew what the beetle was and were asking about the wasp. Encyrtidae? Looks a lot like this one.
The Agrilus looks very close to Agrilus (Uragrilus) ater in Europe. The colour differ, but the white pattern is almost similar. Agrilus ater also lives in Populus and Salix.
The non-Buprestid appears to be an Encyrtid wasp. This looks like one of the wasps that parasitize the eggs of certain stink bugs.
Is that a coniopterygid larva? Or is that actually part of the branch?
Probably way off, but the buprestid does seem to superficially resemble the sole specimen of Agrilus impexus on BugGuide.
Subsequent research revealed that the BugGuide specimen is mislabeled. True Agrilus impexus is found in the Great Plains, while the southwest material was redescribed recently as A. paraimpexus Hespenheide. I presume the two are similar in appearance, so I’m gonna stick with my guess of Agrilus impexus.
Wasp is Metaphycus sp.: http://bugguide.net/node/view/615022
For some reason I’m thinking more in the genus of Acmaeodera?
If you are asking about the buprestid, it looks like the Goldspotted Oak Borer, Agrilus coxalis! A major pest of oaks in California that it’s thought to have come from Mexico and Arizona. Can you verify it? This is probably a State record. The insect is included in USDA-AOHIS exotic target pest lists. Compare with this image: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/be/01_goldspotted_oak_borer_beetle.jpg
and this one:
I’m wondering how many species keep the same dots pattern.
I suspect a complete longitudinal stripe first evolved in several lineages and then subsequently underwent reduction in many of the species to form the familiar 6-spotted pattern.