Metallic wood-boring beetle

Metallic wood-boring beetle

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Caption: Metallic wood-boring beetle (Sternocera ruficornis) specimen. This beetle is long, narrow and flat, with a tapering abdomen. The wing covers (elytra) of some wood-boring bettles can be metallic blue, green or black. Underneath the elytra are a pair of membranous wings. They are used to adorn textiles and incorporated into jewellery. As the name implies, the larvae of the beetle feeds on trees or woody plants, although the host plant varies with species. The larvae feed on dying or dead plant matter and pupation occurs within the host plant. The adult beetles emerge during spring and summer and survive for only a few weeks. This specimen is from Thailand.

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