This metallic woodborer beetle is truly a work of art, with its textured upper side and iridescent bronze luster. An opening of the wings reveals even more beauty. This species was just recently separated as an individual species from its eastern relatives. They are found in coniferous forests where females search for dead or dying trees in which to lay their eggs. They don’t attack healthy trees.
Photo by: Ronni Poore on 6/14/21 in Helena, MT