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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Jewel Beetle, Anthaxia fulgurans

Jewel Beetle, Anthaxia fulgurans. Spotted-necked Jewel Beetle, Anthaxia fulgurans. Jewel Beetle 3-4mm length. Male is brilliant metallic emerald green and female is multi-colored wonder. The edges of the elytra are red-gold and the center edge is is azurite blue edged with emerald green in an unmistable pattern. Pronotum and head of female is iridescent azurite and emerald green with gold eyes, well earning name of Jewel Beetle. Male is brilliant emerald green with tint of gold at elytra tips. Wood-boring beetles. Larvae and adults are phytophagus, often destructive to broadleaf forests. Buprestid adults feed on pollen, flowers and leaves.

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Date Taken: 06.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Copyright: © Mary C Legg