Buprestidae

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Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Prachtkäfer
• English: jewel beetles
• Español: bupréstidos
Agrilus planipennis (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): David Cappaert, Michigan State University
Source: IPM Images

Buprestidae - (jewel beetles)

This is a large family of mainly tropical beetles which typically have a colourful and metallic appearance. In shape they resemble the click beetles but lack a click mechanism. The larvae live as wood borers and have a greatly expanded prothorax. While many species breed in dead wood, some attack live trees and have become serious pests of forest and fruit trees.


The following genera and individual species are currently entered under Buprestidae: