Not much information was quickly available about this subtle, but beautiful, beetle. As a member of the Buprestid family (metallic wood-boring beetles), these beetles are often referred to as “jewel beetles” because of their metallic luster. They typically bore into dead or dying trees, rather than healthy trees, where they live for several years as larvae before emerging as an adult. 

Size: Approximately 3/4 of an inch

Photo by: Lisa Ann Cloo on 5/22/22 in Clinton, MT