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For my 1000th spotting I have the Golden Buprestid Beetle. This beetle was sitting on a mushroom on a fallen tree in Butano State Park, Pesdacdero, CA. As I was walking by a glint of green caught my eye. A beautiful jewel!
Fallen log in Butano State Park, Pesdacdero, CA.
Buprestidae is a family of beetles, known as jewel beetles or metallic wood-boring beetles because of their glossy iridescent colors. The family is among the largest of the beetles, with some 15,000 species known in 450 genera. In addition, almost 100 fossil species have been described. The larger and more spectacularly colored jewel beetles are highly prized by insect collectors. The elytra of some Buprestidae species have been traditionally used in beetlewing jewellery and decoration in certain countries in Asia, like India, Thailand and Japan. Wikipedia
Spotted on Aug 19, 2012
Submitted on Sep 3, 2012
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