What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Beetle ID
Location: NE Washington State
May 18, 2016 10:02 am
Very pretty. About 1″ long. In a dry pine site that was recently logged.
Signature: Sue

Golden Buprestid

Golden Buprestid

Dear Sue,
This positively gorgeous Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle from the family Buprestidae is aptly called a Golden Buprestid,
Buprestis aurulenta.  Developing larvae have their normal life cycle interrupted when the trees they are boring in are cut and milled.  The larvae seem to go into a suspended animation and emerge many years later.  We created a posting of a Golden Buprestid that emerged from a pine cutting board after eight years, and the record is allegedly 51 years.

Golden Buprestid

Golden Buprestid

Golden Buprestid

Golden Buprestid

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Washington State

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