Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Metallic Wood-boring Beetle

Family : Buprestidae
Name : Belionota Prasina

The Metallic Wood-boring beetles are among the most handsome insects in the world. The beauty of their metallic hard chitin has inspired artists and provides a constant inspiration for designers of jewelery and embroidery!

Based on the coloration, it could be Belionota prasina, a very common jewel beetle,frequently seen on the bark of kapok and casuarina trees. This is a small beetle that measures about 2.5cm.

(Dorsal View - Upper Pierce Forest)

(Side view - Upper Pierce Forest)

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