Subject: Metallic Wood-boring Beetle?
Location: El Paso, TX
August 24, 2014 2:43 am
I found this beetle dead on a small puddle in my backyard, luckily it was in good condition.
I suspect it is a metallic wood boring beetle, but don’t know what type.
The closest tree to the place where I found it is an old pecan tree, is this a possible host for wood-boring beetle larva?
Signature: RAvila

Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle

Dear RAvila,
You are correct that this is a Metallic Wood Boring Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  We believe we have identified your Jewel Beetle as
 Lampetis drummondi thanks to the BugGuide archive where it states:  “Adults on Acacia, Carya, Chilopsis, Condalia, Dalea, Diospyros, Euphorbia, Gossypium, Karwinskia, Nolina, Prosopis, Rhus, Quercus, Salix, Tamarix.”

Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle

Location: El Paso, Texas

2 Responses to Jewel Beetle from El Paso: Lampetis drummondi

  1. Boris Cazares says:

    Soy de Parral, Chihuahua México y encontré uno de esos escarabajos; con la luz artificial brilla, pareciera que tuviera polvo de oro. Como podría enviarles una foto?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *