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Genus Buprestis

Red-legged Buprestis - Buprestis rufipes Buprestidae - Buprestis striata TX - Wood Boring Beetle - Buprestis maculipennis Buprestis rufipes - Red-legged Buprestis - Buprestis rufipes Buprestis confluenta What kind of Metallic Wood Boring Beetle? - Buprestis aurulenta Buprestis maculipennis Chalcophora - Buprestis consularis
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 Buprestinae
Tribe Buprestini
Genus Buprestis
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Buprestis Linnaeus 1758. Synonyms:
Cypriacis Casey 1909 [NB: treated as genus in(1) but not in(2)]
Explanation of Names
From a Facebook post (August 2018) by Margarethe Brummermann:
It seems that the Romans already called some colorful beetles buprestis and of course had stolen that from the greek Βούπρηστις, ιδος, ή, (βούς, πρήθω) literally burn-cow, a poisonous beetle, which, being eaten by cattle in the grass, causes them to swell up and die. Obviously not a reference to our buprestids as we see them today, but probably to some kind of blister beetle.
26 spp. in 5 subgenera in our area(3)(1), ~80 total(2)
revised in(4)
holarctic (incl. most of NA) and Oriental(2)
Larvae feed on wood of various conifers and deciduous trees, incl. Fagus (Beech), Populus (Cottonwood), Acer (Maple), and Quercus (Oak)(3)
member of the subtribe Buprestina Leach 1815 that contains one more genus (in Eurasia)(2)
Works Cited
1.Bellamy C.L. The Buprestidae of North America (north of Mexico)
2.Bellamy C.L. (2013) The world of jewel beetles: A checklist of world Buprestoidea
3.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
4.A revision of the genus Buprestis of North America north of Mexico
Helfer J.R. 1941. Entomologica Americana (N.S.) 21(3): 123–185.