The green and yellow Red-Legged Buprestis has a splash of red underneath making both sides of it interesting to see.
Red-Legged Buprestis Beetles are a type of metallic wood-boring beetle. They are green with two bright yellow lines running halfway down the abdomen from the head. Four yellow spots, two on each side, can near the tip of the abdomen. Underneath (the ventral side), the beetle has a yellow midline with red legs and abdomen. It is a large beetle and conspicuous.
Females 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 left behind devalue the wood if it is harvested for use. Host trees include popular varieties 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.