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Monday, November 19, 2012

Now, here's a beaut!

This guy was seriously huge. and SUPER interesting. really awesome color, too!
We haven't figured out what he is yet, though, so if anyone has an idea, do share ;)
:: UPDATED! ::
i'm SO glad you all inspired me to look him up! he wasn't super easy to find, even though y'all were right in identifying him as a click beetle. i wasn't totally sure based on my field guide's description, but the online pictures helped to narrow it down a LOT. there are a ton of click beetles. i never would've known it. he's not overly photographed though, as the only "green click beetles" i found initially were here and here. but after all is said and done, i even found a book written about them! woot! i did not however feel inspired by the title to read it: Larvae of Alaus myops, A. oculatus, Chalcolepidius porcatus, Hemirhipus apicalis and generic larval characterization... but you can download it here. :) you're welcome. ;)

in the end i was able to narrow it down by googling "elateridae green" (the slightly less scientific terminology of green click beetle was not successful), and later narrowed it down to Chalcolepidius porcatus, though he might be a Chalcolepidius virens, wiki info:

Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class: Insecta (Insects)
Order: Coleoptera (Beetles)
Family: Elateridae (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Genus: Chalcolepidius
Species: C. porcatus OR C. virens


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Charlotte Mason in the City said...

Amy, that fellow looks like a green click beetle. We once encountered a black and white click beetle on a walk in the Bronx. We thought it was a dead beetle and we were so surprised when he "clicked" and jumped away. Maybe you have a cousin to our guy?

amyinperu said...

i found him! i'm editing the post with the info now! ;)


amyinperu said...

oh, and here's an amazing example of someone in his family...

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