Subject: large beetle!
Location: Nafplio, Greece
August 12, 2017 8:26 am
Hi, We saw this rather large and majestic looking creature at a monastery in Nafplio Greece in mid August. I’d be really interested to find out what it is!
thank you so much, Owen Wright and Dora Gardouni
Signature: Owen and Dora
Dear Owen and Dora,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and we initially identified it as Chalcophora detrita on Living Jewels European Buprestidae where it is referred to as “One of the biggest Jewel Beetle in Europe.” It is also pictured on Dreamstime and BioLib. According to Nature Wonders: “Host plants are Pinus spp.“
Thankyou so much for identifying the beetle! We’ve now done some additional research and it’s been really interesting to find out more. the one we saw was very large, we estimate about 5 cm long or maybe a little bit more.
thanks so much!
Owen and Dora