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Species Chalcophora angulicollis - Western Sculptured Pine Borer

Chalcophora angulicollis Chalcophora angulicollis Beetle/Cockroach? - Chalcophora angulicollis Chalcophora angulicollis? - Chalcophora angulicollis Black and white, dusty-looking beetle?  - Chalcophora angulicollis Chalcophora angulicollis Buprestidae: Chalcophora angulicollis - Chalcophora angulicollis Beetle with four spots, a spine and a V-shaped butt - Chalcophora angulicollis
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Buprestoidea (Metallic Wood Boring Beetles)
Family Buprestidae (Metallic Wood-boring Beetles)
Subfamily Chrysochroinae
Tribe Chrysochroini
Genus Chalcophora
Species angulicollis (Western Sculptured Pine Borer)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chalcophora angulicollis (LeConte)
Orig. Comb: Buprestis angulicollis LeConte 1857
Explanation of Names
angulicollis = 'angle-necked'
20-33 mm
Dark brown to black, sculptures on upper side, irridescent bronze luster, especially on underside. Fly noisily when alarmed. The only western species in the genus.
w. NA (BC-CA east to n.AB-w.NE-NM; the Nebraska record is from a planted forest and probably represents an introduction)(1)
Coniferous forests
hosts: various Pinaceae, incl. Abies concolor, A. grandis, Pinus ponderosa, Pseudotsuga menziesii(2); adults feed on leaves.
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid on bark of large branches or trunks of conifers, especially fir (Abies), or Pinus ponderosa)
Print References
LeConte, J.L. 1857. Index to the Buprestidae of the United States, described in the work of Laporte and Gory, with notes. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 9: 6-10.
Works Cited
1.Reevaluation of Chalcophora angulicollis (LeConte) and Chalcophora virginiensis (Drury) with a review and key...
Maier C.A., Ivie M.A. 2013. The Coleopterists Bulletin 67: 457-469.
2.A catalog and bibliography of the Buprestoidea of America north of Mexico.
Nelson et al. 2008. The Coleopterists Society, Special Publication No. 4. 274 pp.