Jewel Beetle with Pseudoscorpion “hitchhiker” from Costa Rica

Subject: Green & Black Beetle
Location: near Golfito Costa Rica
July 26, 2013 5:11 am
Hello Bugman,
This green and black beetle would show up off and on during our recent visit to Costa Rica. I found it quite striking. In a few picture it has a crab-like bug attached to it. Do you know more about these two.
Signature: Ocho Verde Wildlife

Jewel Beetle
Jewel Beetle

This colorful beetle is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  The wings are used to make jewelry by many indigenous groups in South America and modern jewely designers have continued that tradition.  We are sorry, we haven’t the time right now to research the species.  The hitchhiker is a Pseudoscorpion.  Pseudoscorpions often hitch rides on winged insects, and quite possibly on birds as well.  This advantageous means of transportation is known as Phoresy.

Phoresy:  Jewel Beetle transports Pseudoscorpion
Phoresy: Jewel Beetle transports Pseudoscorpion

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