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Chalcophora angulicollis

Chalcophora angulicollis
Oakridge, Lane County, Oregon, USA
June 11, 2002
Size: 25 mm
One can see the beautiful irredescence underneath the elytra. Jewel beetles are among the prettiest insects in my opinion.

I remember the first time I encountered this species, emerging in good numbers at the resort of Sunriver, Deschutes County, Oregon. They fly with a loud, droning buzz, and disappear instantly against the trunks of Ponderosa pine! That dazzling metallic blue really shocks you when they take off again. Very alert beetles, as most buprestids are. C. angulicollis is sometimes synonymized with C. virginiensis.

That's one beautiful beetle. Thanks for the info on this species Eric!

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