Subject: The Most Beautiful Bug in the World
Location: Southern Pacific Costa Rica – near Golfito
January 3, 2013 12:16 pm
We found this amazingly beautiful large Bug in our pasture near Golfito, Costa Rica in July. The picture does not do it justice. It measures approx. 2.75” long and about 1.25” wide & had metallic green gold with metallic, iridescent pinkish peach colors on its back. I did an image google and have found nothing like it. Any information you might have would be great. Also, can you advise us on a good insect book for Costa Rica?
This is indeed a beautiful beetle. It is a Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer and it is relatively well represented in our archives. We have gotten photos from Central America as well as at least one image of a Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer from Brazil. It is in the family Buprestidae, a group of beetles sometimes called Jewel Beetlesbecause of their beautiful metallic coloration.