Jewel beetles

Also called metallic wood-boring beetles, most jewel beetles are a brilliant, metallic green, red, or blue, with stripes, bands, and spots. Typically they arc slightly flat, tapering toward the rear, with large eyes and short antennae.

• I JIT, (]\( J T. Eggs are laid in wood. The larvae of most species chew oval tunnels into dead or dying trees. Adults feed on flowers, nectar, and pollen.

• ()CCl IRRENCE Worldwide, primarily in tropical regions. In woods and forests.

• REMARK. Some species have heat sensors at the base of the middle legs that detect freshly burned forest - good mating and egg-laying sites. Many species arc timber pests.

• hairy body surjan is characteristic of this species

Jm.OD/s h l .( (¿11, from South Africa, has distinctive hairs all over its body, although the majority of jewel beetles arc smooth and shiny, with pits or striations.

Jm.OD/s h l .( (¿11, from South Africa, has distinctive hairs all over its body, although the majority of jewel beetles arc smooth and shiny, with pits or striations.

• bright, meta Hie elytra s have been used in embroidery and jewelry

• parallel-sided body, tapering toward the rear chrysociiroa chinensis is native to India. I/ike most tropical species, it flics during the warmest part of the day.

Xx» head appears sunk into the pronotum

• bright, meta Hie elytra s have been used in embroidery and jewelry

• parallel-sided body, tapering toward the rear

I ,ARV\E arc-pale, with a large, expanded prothorax and a tapering abdomen, giv ing rise to another common name -flat-head borers.

Length yu,_zy,\n (0.2-6.5cm); most under VMti (3cm)

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0rder COLEOPTERA

Family CaNTHARIDAE

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