Metallic Woodborers (family Buprestidae): A walk through the Rice Ridge Fire area near Seeley Lake revealed a trio of beautiful metallic woodborers doing what they do …finding dead or dying trees in which to lay their eggs. These beetles don’t attack healthy trees. From left to right: 1) the larvae of the Golden Buprestid (Buprestis aurulenta) take between 2 to 4 years to mature and emerge as adults. However, there are instances when the larvae become trapped in milled lumber, where they can take from 20 to 40 years to emerge. They’ve been documented emerging from furniture, wood paneling, cutting boards and more; 2) the Western Sculptured Pine Borer (Chalcophora angulicollis) was just recently separated as an individual species from its eastern relatives; 3) Buprestis lyrata — not much is known about their life history. The beetles are reported to occur in Canada from B.C. east to Nova Scotia, and south through the mountain regions of the western United States. Photos by Glenn Marangelo on 7/22/18 near Seeley Lake, MT.