Dicerca pugionata

In my recent post, Glades of Jefferson County, I discussed the occurrence on these glades of the strikingly beautiful Dicerca pugionata, a jewel beetle that breeds in the scraggly ninebark plants growing along the glades’ moist toeslopes. Adults of this species are normally encountered only during March/April and then again during September/October, so I wasn’t able to photograph them during this recent visit. I did, however, have on hand some slides that I took back in April 1987 – one of which has been scanned and added here as well as to the original post immediately above the photograph of the beetle’s host plant. The full-sized version of the scan is slightly lacking in clarity, nevertheless I think you’ll agree that its brilliant coppery color, distinctive dorsal sculpturing, and reddish elytral apices make this quite a lovely beetle!

About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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2 Responses to Dicerca pugionata

  1. Dan says:

    I fell in love with Dicerca hornii after catching one at ~ 5,500′ elevation near Lake Tahoe, California. I love its bronze sculpturing, and the brilliant emerald on the dorsal surface of its abdomen (usually covered by its elytra).

    Keep the great posts coming!

    — Dan

  2. Texas Travelers says:

    Thanks for the visit and kind words. I have really been enjoying your site.

    Don’t miss our butterflies today.
    Click here.



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