Shiny Green Bugs

June 8, 2009 3 Comments

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:

Shiny Green Bug

Shiny Green Bug

It's not easy being green

It's not easy being green


This is the Emerald Ash Borer:

Emerald Ash Borer

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!

Dig it!

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  1. Aimee says:

    Thank you! My son was so excited to identify his new found friend. He is on his way out the door to find an ant to feed this little guy. He said he’s going to put him back out by the cucumber plant tomorrow!

  2. Krys archabald says:

    I found a Emerald Ash Borer in Garwin, Iowa. Is there a place that is tracking information on their location?

    • Eileen Loan says:

      Krys, you should contact your local ISU Extension Office. They will know exactly who to call and in what order. If you can, get photos of the bug so they can verify it is the Emerald Ash Borer and not something else that is shiny and green. Japanese Beetles have a green sheen to them and they are everywhere right now and a lot of people think because it is shiny and green it is the EAB. Pictures, or the bug itself, are the best way for the Extension office to verify an infestation. Thanks!

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