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Genus Buprestis

Buprestis lineata Buprestis maculipennis Buprestis maculipennis Buprestis Rufipes - Buprestis rufipes Golden Buprestid - Buprestis aurulenta Buprestis decora Fabricius - Buprestis decora buprestid - Buprestis apricans Antique Desk Beetle - Buprestis lineata
Classification
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.
Numbers
26 spp. in 5 subgenera in our area(3)(1), ~80 total(2)
Identification
revised in(4)
Range
holarctic (incl. most of NA) and Oriental(2)
Food
Larvae feed on wood of various conifers and deciduous trees, incl. Fagus (Beech), Populus (Cottonwood), Acer (Maple), and Quercus (Oak)(3)
Remarks
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.