|scientific name Chrysophana placida |
This species is easily recognized by its brilliant metallic blue or green colour with a reddish to purplish stripe on each elytron. The head and pronotum are covered with coarse evenly spaced punctures. The elytra, are more or less evenly punctured, and the costae are faint.
The life history is similar to the flatheaded cone borer, breeding in the trunk, limbs roots and cones of various conifer trees (Barr 1971, Furniss and Carolin 1977).
Rare in Alberta.
The larvae of these beetles are known to feed on a wide variety of conifers including lodgepole pine, limber pine, alpine fir, and Douglas fir (Barr 1971, Furniss and Carolin 1977).
These beetles are found from southern British Columbia through the Rocky Mountains to Arizona and New Mexico (Barr 1971, Bright 1987). One record is known from Alberta.
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