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Green June Beetle

Cotinis nitida


Inch long flying beetle. Beautiful metallic green thorax. The wings were striped tan. The head was also metallic green. Sounded like a loud bee buzzing by when I initially heard it.


These beetles are found from Maine to Georgia and as far West as California. This beetle was found in our garden in Grand Island, Nebraska at 565 masl


This is my first spotting. If anyone can confirm the classification of this beetle I would appreciate the help.

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Watson5 2 years ago

Thank you! We're excited to get started.

Tukup 2 years ago

Nice first spotting Watson5. I look forward to many more :-) Thanks for sharing and welcome to PN.

Watson5 2 years ago

Thank you for the welcome and confirmation of the bug identification! Nice to know we're on the right track here. We're looking forward to adding more spottings.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

..oh and welcome Watson5 ;-)

Machi 2 years ago

Based on location and hind leg coloration I think you have the correct ID. It is possible that it is Cotinis mutabilis, but I think based on location and features nitida is more likely. See identification notes here
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MichaelS 2 years ago

Hi Watson5, welcome to Project Noah! We shared this spotting in one of our working groups for PN. Expect some feedback soon! :)

Hello Watson5 and welcome to the Project Noah community!

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Spotted on Jul 27, 2019
Submitted on Oct 17, 2019

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