Multiple colors and metallic shimmer make both sides of the hefty Red-legged Buprestis are interesting to look at.
A Red-legged Buprestis Beetle is a type of metallic wood-boring beetle. It is dark, metallic green with two yellow lines on the upper part of the elytra (wing coverings). Six yellow spots - four large and two small - are on the lower part of the elytra. Underneath, the beetle has a yellow midline with red legs and a red abdomen. It is a large beetle and quite conspicuous thanks to this combination of large size and yellow marks.
Female beetles lay fertilized eggs in tree bark. Newly hatched larvae, also called flathead borers, chew into the tree trunk, pushing out a sawdust-like waste called frass. A larva can tunnel in a tree for years before emerging as an adult. The trenches it leaves behind devalue the wood if it is harvested for use. Host trees include popular species that are commonly grown for flooring, furniture, and cabinetry like maple and oak as well as others like elm and blackgum.
Scientific Name: Buprestis rufipes
Other Name(s):Cypriacis fasciata
Size (Adult; Length): 18mm to 35mm (0.70in to 1.37in)
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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.