I found this woodboring beetle recently near the Naturalist's cottage. This creature is a Dicerca sp. beetle belonging to Family Buprestidae, which includes at least 134 species in North America according to the Kaufmann Field Guide to Insects of North America. Beetles belonging to Genus Dicerca generally breed in decaying hardwood trees according to BugGuide.net.
With all the storm-damaged trees lingering throughout the forests of our area (thanks to winter and spring storms), we're likely to encounter a number of these types of beetles this summer. If you find an insect and are unsure of its identity, snap a picture and match it with the many submitted and identified pictures at BugGuide.net. If all else fails, you can submit your photo with an ID request on the site, or send us the photo and perhaps we'll have a clue as to which variety of insect you've found. Be sure to include an object (coin, pencil eraser, etc) in the photo that lends a clue to the insect's size. The grid paper in my photo indicates increments of 1/4th of an inch. You can find our email address by clicking our website link to the right.
-Adam Zorn, Naturalist