Jewel Beetle (Buprestis spp.)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Jewel Beetle.
Updated: 7/21/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The metallic, gleaming color of Jewel Beetles is mesmerizing though little is known about the life and musings of these little gems.
Part of the Metallic Wood Borer family, Jewel Beetles are usually found near their host tree. The larvae tunnel their way through the interior of the trunk and emerge when they are ready to pupate on the ground. Adults are lustrous and bright with elytra (wing coverings) that have some texture though it does not diminish their metallic color. There are a variety of native species found throughout North America.