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Male and Female Jewel Beetles (Family Buprestidae). Male approximately 5 mm, female approximately 7 mm. On the leaves of a bush in a field on the outskirts of the city.
First pair on low fuzzy shrub, not woody, 7Nov2012. Second pair on low woody bushes, semi urban area with open fields, valley of San Cristobal de Las Casas, 25July2006.
They drop to the ground and play dead when disturbed. This species has been observed farther north in Mexico, in Quila, Jalisco in September of 2016 (http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/...). An identification has not yet been reported. See also: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/165....