Buprestidae

Pronunciation:  [Boo⋅PRESS·ti⋅dae]

Common Name:  Metallic Wood-boring Beetles

Description:  Buprestids are hard-bodied insects with a characteristic “bullet” shape.   The exoskeleton usually has a distinct metallic sheen.   Some species are mostly black or gray in color, but others may be colorfully marked with blue, green, or copper patterns.   Larvae are often called flat-headed borers.  They feed on wood in tunnels they excavate under the bark of dead or dying trees.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Bullet-shaped body, often with a metallic sheen
  2. Saw-toothed or thread-like antennae
  3. Tips of elytra rounded

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Order:  Coleoptera