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Jewel beetles

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Description

The elytra (hardened wings) of these beetles often have a smooth glossy surface with a metallic sheen. The brilliant colours range from green to red, blue and yellow, with some species displaying combinations of colours.

Members of this family are recognizable by their torpedo-shaped bodies and heads that partially retract into the prothorax, making it look as though they are wearing a turtleneck.

Life cycle

The hatched larvae of most species bore through tree or shrub roots, forming distinctive flattened tunnels. Their fleshy bodies are also flattened, with a big prothorax. They pass to the pupal stage while still beneath the wood surface and emerge into the open air as adult beetles.

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