Emerald Jewel Beetle

Buprestis langii

Emerald Jewel Beetle, Buprestis langii, photo © by Mike Plagens

Upper East Verde River, Washington Park, Gila Co., Arizona, USA. 14 June 2015.

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This beetle indeed resembles a piece of fine jewelry. It is the adult stage of an insect that spent most of its life as a whitish grub tunneling beneath the bark of dead or dying Douglas Fir tree. They are not common, certainly never abundant enough to be of concern to foresters. They are prized by beetle collectors.

Buprestidae -- Metalic Wood-boring Beetle Family

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