Metallic Wood-boring Beetle
( Anthaxia sp. )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Anthaxia sp.
(Eschscholtz, 1829)
Common Name:Metallic Wood-boring Beetle
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Coleoptera
Suborder:Polyphaga
Family:Buprestidae
Subfamily:Buprestinae
Tribe:Anthaxiini
Genus:Anthaxia
Taxon Code:COL00070
ITIS/TSN:808720

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
BSA Camp Royaneh, BSA Camp Royaneh, 4600 Scanlon Rd., Cazadero
County:Sonoma County
ECI Site#:CA49064901

RECOGNITION
Recognition
Small <1 cm), dark, but sometimes metallic green or bronze, bullet-shaped beetles with elytrae that taper posteriorly. Eyes are arranged at the head laterum. These beetles commonly congregate on yellow flowers and are accomplished flyers.
Description
Beetles are bullet-shaped beetles with elytrae that taper posteriorly. Eyes are located laterally on the head. Some have short stiff hairs. They frequent flowers, especially yellow ones. Males may sometimes be seen stacked on top of eachother while attempting to mate with a larger female. The beetles are accomplished flyers.
Body Length
4-10 mm.
Similar Taxa
The Melanophila are similar, but considerably larger.
Colors
Color1: generally dark, but may be metallic green or bronze

BIOLOGY
Host
Larvae bore in branches of injured, dying, and dead Abies, Pinus, Pseudotsuga, Sequoia, and various broad-leaved trees and shrubs.
Habitat
These beetles commonly congregate on yellow flowers.
Distribution
Most of Northern America, and worldwide except Autralasia.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Genus Anthaxia. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/12722). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
ITIS.
Western Forest Insects


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