Last week an Emerald Ash Borer larvae was found in Clayton County. This weekend we got an email from Rachel L. Dray asking if a metallic green bug was an EAB.
She took these pictures:
This is the Emerald Ash Borer:
The top one is the Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t have to have any spots on it at all. The Tiger Beetle has large mandibles, which are the jaws, as well as long legs and antennae. The EAB is very narrow and has smaller antennae. While the Emerald Ash Borer is happy destroying our beautiful ash trees, the Tiger Beetle eats insects, especially ants, spiders and other invertebrates.
While looking for this beetle to help Rachel identify it, I came across the Bug Guide which helped me out quite a bit. I am amazed at how many shiny green bugs there are! When you find a shiny green bug, or any other bug you can’t identify, try the Bug Guide website!
This post was written by Eileen Loan on June 8, 2009