Buprestis aurulenta

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Buprestis aurulenta
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Buprestidae
Genus: Buprestis
B. aurulenta
Binomial name
Buprestis aurulenta
Linnaeus, 1767

Buprestis aurulenta, commonly known as the golden jewel beetle[1] or golden buprestid, is a species of beetle in the genus Buprestis.[2]

The larvae of Buprestis aurulenta live inside a variety of coniferous trees and can survive for long periods in dry wood.[3] The adult beetle is an iridescent green, with shining orange trim all around the wing covers.[1]

The beetles are found in the Pacific Northwest as far north as southern British Columbia and southward through the Rocky Mountains to Mexico.[4] They are rare in Alberta, and specimens have been collected in Manitoba.[4]

On May 27, 1983, a golden jewel beetle emerged from a staircase in Essex, UK, after at least 47 years as a larva.[5]


  1. ^ a b Acorn, John (2001). Bugs of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC: Lone Pine Publishing. p. 67. ISBN 978-1-55105-231-1.
  2. ^ Cranshaw, Whitney; Kondratieff, Boris C. (2006). Guide to Colorado Insects. Englewood, CO: Westcliffe Publishers. pp. 132–133. ISBN 9781565795211. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  3. ^ Robert A. Zabel; Jeffrey J. Morrell (2 December 2012). Wood Microbiology: Decay and Its Prevention. Academic Press. ISBN 978-0-323-13946-5.
  4. ^ a b Hilchie, Gerald J. (February 9, 2001). "Family Buprestidae, genus Buprestis". University of Alberta Department of Biological Sciences. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
  5. ^ Guinness world records 2005. Jim Pattison Group. 2004. p. 69. ISBN 9780851121925.