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:COL00770
ITIS/TSN:808720

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Klamath National Forest, Klamath National Forest, Klamath NF, Caribou Rd./Forest Route 37N24,
County:Siskiyou County
ECI Site#:CANF050000
Open Space Location:Klamath NF

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
These are small, bullet-shaped beetles with elytra 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 each other while attempting to mate with a larger female. The beetles are accomplished flyers.
Body Length
4-10 mm.
Diversity
About 40 species in 3 subgenera in North America, more than 700 worldwide
Child Taxa
A. aeneogaster Laporte and Gory attacks branches of conifers, especially Pinus, from California to British Columbia and Idaho. A. expansa LeConte (fig. 150G) is the most common species in the Northwest. It is presumed to feed in branches of conifers.
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.
Diversity
About 40 species in 3 subgenera in North America, more than 700 worldwide

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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