The metallic, glittering color on Jewel Beetles mesmerizes while the mystery surrounding much of their life history adds intrigue.
Part of the Metallic Wood Borer family, Jewel Beetles are usually found near their host tree. As borer beetles do, the larvae tunnel their way throughout the interior of the trunk and emerge from the bark when they are ready to pupate on the ground. Adults are a lustrous and bright color with textured elytra (wing coverings). There are a variety of native species found throughout North America, and there is room for more study about them.
Scientific Name: Buprestis spp.
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 16mm (0.47in to 0.62in)
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.