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|Euchroma giganteum from Brazil, mounted specimen at National Museum (Prague)|
Euchroma giganteum is one of the largest of the buprestid beetles (hence the Latin name "giganteum" of the species), reaching a length of about 50–60 millimetres (2.0–2.4 in). Catoxantha and Megaloxantha are among the few other members of the family that reach a comparable size. The body of E. giganteum is robust and elongated and the elytra have a wrinkled surface and a metallic green colour with purplish tinges. The pronotum has a dark spot on each side.
The males apparently attract the females by a clicking sound produced by the elytra. This species usually mates in August. The larvae reach a length of about 12–15 centimetres (4.7–5.9 in). They feed on decaying timber, especially of the Bombacaceae family (kapok or ceiba trees, mainly Ceiba pentandra , Bombacopsis spp. and Pseudobombax spp.). The elytra of newly emerged adults have a coating of a yellowish, waxy powder. As the beetle ages this powder wear off.
- Euchroma giganteum giganteum (Linnaeus, 1758)
- Euchroma giganteum goliath (Laporte & Gory, 1836)
- Euchroma giganteum harperi Sharp, 1881
- Euchroma giganteum inca Obenberger, 1928
- Euchroma giganteum peruanum Obenberger, 1928
- Bellamy, C. L. (2010). "Genus Euchroma". A Checklist of World Buprestoidea. Retrieved 21 Jun 2011.
- M. Louise Nichols - - The Spermatogenesis of Euchroma Gigantea - Biological Bulletin, Vol. 19, n. 3
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