Metallic Beetle Larva

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“The Sternoxi include the Metallic Beetles, Buprestidae the most gorgeous of the coleopterous families. Some have a general coppery hue, whilst some present the beautiful contrast of fine yellow spots and marks upon a highly polished blue or green ground, and others exhibit the appearance of burnished gold or of rubies, inlaid on emerald of emony. The elytra of the Metallic Beetles are those usually employed in the embroidery of ladies’ dresses and for other purposes of personal ornament. They are most plentiful in the thick forests of tropical countries, and seem partial to stage in the heart of timber.” — Encyclopedia Britanica, 1893


The Encyclopedia Britannica, New Warner Edition (New York, NY: The Werner Company, 1893)


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