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  • Jewel Beetle - (Buprestis spp.)

    Jewel Beetle - (Buprestis spp.)

    The metallic, gleaming color of Jewel Beetles is mesmerizing though little is known about the life and musings of these little gems.

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    Staff Writer (7/21/2016): 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.

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    Jewel Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Jewel Beetle
    Scientific Name: Buprestis spp.

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Buprestidae
           Genus: Buprestis
            Species: spp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 12mm to 16mm (0.47in to 0.63in)

    Identifying Colors: green, brown, blue

    Additional Descriptors: shiny, metallic, bumpy, long

    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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