Insects - native

Golden Buprestid Beetle (Buprestis aurulenta) on Sep 9, 2016

Originally reported as Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica)

Submitter does not have a specimen
EDRR Status: No Response/Action Required

Description of specimen

This was over a month ago... I took a picture because I didn't know what it was... Now after reading this story in the Portland Tribune I am fairly certain it was a Japanese Beetle.


Excellent photo! Thanks for the report submission. What you have found is one of the most beautiful (and native) beetle species in Oregon, the golden buprestid, Buprestis aurulenta (recently renamed Cypriacis aurulenta). This is a "forest recycler" and the larvae feed upon a variety of dead and dying conifers, including pines, Douglas-fir, spruce and fir. Good find! It is not Japanese beetle and it is not a pest. It is a sign of dead or dying conifers in the vicinity.

See these resources for more info:


Wyatt Williams
Sept. 9, 2016, 3:32 p.m.