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Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle
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Copyright: Philip Rose (willow) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 32] (147)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-28
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-30 12:20
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Points: 6
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Jewel beetle

I swapped this specimen for a pack of sweets, with a local child. He was using it as a badge on his clothes.
I released it onto this plant where I have seen smaller Jewel Beetles, to photograph it, before I had finished it flew away.

Surprisingly some Thai people actually find these edible !

The wing covers were once used to make brooches because of their iridescent colouration and still today can be found as jewellery and decorations.

Some facts


Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Infraorder: Elateriformia
Superfamily: Buprestoidea
Family: Buprestidae

Genera About 450 known families

The jewel beetles or metallic wood-boring beetles are a family (Buprestidae) of beetles known for their glossy iridescent colours.
The family is among the largest of the beetles, with some 15,000 species in 450 genera. The larger and more spectacularly coloured jewel beetles are highly prized by insect collectors.

Shape is generally cylindrical or elongate to ovoid, with lengths ranging from 3 mm to 100 mm, although most species are under 20 mm. A variety of bright colours are known, often in complicated patterns.

The larva bore through roots, logs, stems, and leaves of various types of plants, ranging from trees to grasses. The wood boring types generally favour dying or dead branches on otherwise-healthy trees, while a few types attack green wood; some of these are serious pests capable of killing trees and causing major economic damage.

Classification is not yet well-established, although there appear to be five main lineages, which may be considered subfamilies, possibly with one or two being raised to families in their own right, while other systems define up to 14 subfamilies.

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Hi Philip.
Great macro, excellent colours and very good details.
I like it very much.
Very well done.
Regards, Krzysztof.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-09-30 13:12]

Hi Philip,
Absolutely amazing what you tell us about this beetle and the way you could take a picture of it..It might be the first time on TrekNature that somebody offers sweets for a bug. Nice shot of this beautiful beetle( I would'nt eat it!)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-09-30 14:12]

Great note and story. Excellent colours and a nice POV. Good shot and well done for rescuing it


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-09-30 14:13]

Hello Philip ,A Very good macro shot , beauty colours pose light bg good job tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-30 14:53]

Bonita composición Philip con un atractivo contraste entre el insecto y las flores, acompañados por un excelente fondo difuso.
Me agrada el POV, el foco parece algo soft, aunque siempre es difícil la captura de imágenes de estos insectos tan iridiscentes por los reflejos causados.
Una interesante entrega.
Saludos... Ricardo

Nice composition Philip with an attractiveness contrasts among the insect and the flowers, accompanied by an excellent bottom diffuse.
I like POV, the focus seems something soft, although it is always difficult the capture of images of these insects so iridescent for the caused reflections.
An interesting post.
Greetings... Ricardo

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