jewel beetle (2 images)

This is a Golden Buprestid beetle, more commonly known as a jewel beetle because of its iridescent sheen and beautiful colours.

This one was in some distress when I found it on the patio, unable to move freely because of what looked like sticky spider web strands wound around its body. With the aid of a small twig, I gently removed the strands, then placed the little critter on a Queen Anne’s lace flower. It seemed pretty happy, stretching its wings for a bit before retreating beneath the flower to rest and recover from its ordeal.

Golden Buprestid beetle, Pender Island B.C.

Golden Buprestid beetle, Pender Island B.C.

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