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  • Large Flathead Pine Heartwood Borer Beetle - (Chalcophora virginiensis)

    Large Flathead Pine Heartwood Borer Beetle - (Chalcophora virginiensis)

    A flash of metallic colors on the abdomen of the Large Flathead Pine Heartwood Borer can be seen when they take flight.


    Picture of Large Flathead Pine Heartwood Borer Beetle


    Staff Writer (6/17/2014): The long common name of this wood borer aptly describes much about it. It prefers coniferous forests and, particularly, the pine trees in them. Adult beetles usually breeds on dead trees and in stumps. Sometimes, however, it breeds in living pines. The larvae of the Large Flathead Pine Heartwood Borer hatch and bore, or dig, their way through the heartwood of the tree. This tunneling tends to destroy the tree's cambium tissue through which water and nutrients flow and can starve the tree to death if it is infested.

    When the Large Flathead Pine Heartwood Borer adult flies, it reveals a bright abdomen (belly) that has a blue-green metallic sheen to it. This flash of color is not visible when the beetle's wings are closed. They are known to make a noise as they fly, which can help observers locate them if they're in a quiet forest.

    The beetle can be found most often in the eastern part of the continent, from Canada to Florida, but its range has spread to any region that grows conifers. This means it can also be found coast-to-coast; in California and other states not originally thought to be its range.

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    Large Flathead Pine Heartwood Borer Beetle


    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Large Flathead Pine Heartwood Borer Beetle
    Scientific Name: Chalcophora virginiensis
    Other Names: Jewel Beetlw

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Buprestidae
           Genus: Chalcophora
            Species: virginiensis





    Size (Adult, Length): 23mm to 33mm (0.91in to 1.30in)

    Identifying Colors: black, gray, brown, blue, green

    Additional Descriptors: ridged, bumpy, flying, metallic, noisy


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.





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