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Colorful Beatle in S.E. PA
July 24, 2009
I found this beautiful bug in my garden, and I almost thought it was fake until it flew to one of my plants. I have never seen anything like it, the detailing was amazing, One picture is of the underneath and one from above. Thanks!
Sandra Diprojetto
Southeast PA, USA

Red Legged Buprestis

Red Legged Buprestis

Hi Sandra,
This Metallic Wood Boring Beetle or Jewel Beetle is the Red Legged Buprestis, Buprestis rufipes.  This is a magnificent beetle that is found in eastern North America.  The larvae feed on the wood of maple and birch trees.  You can look at higher resolution images on BugGuide.

Red Legged Buprestis

Red Legged Buprestis

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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