Metallic Borer Beetle Larvae

what is this?
Location: Nort east , India
February 17, 2012 8:14 am
I sleep with my grandmother and i heard a few noises the next day i complained about it to my parents and when we split the wood into two we found these worms. they ate up all the wood used in the window pane!!!what are they???we usually thought that they were termites but they turned out to b something else.
Signature: lavanya

Metallic Borer Beetle Larvae

Hi lavanya,
These are the larvae of Metallic Borer Beetles in the family Buprestidae.  The larvae are wood borers that are called Flat-Head Borers and the adults are sometimes called Jewel Beetles because of their beautiful colors.  Larvae of Buprestids have been known to survive in milled wood for as long as fifty years.  See these photos on BugGuide for a comparison to some larvae from North American Buprestids.

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