Macro Mãe-do-sol ou Olho-do-sol - Metallic bark beetle or Giant metallic wood boring beetle or Giant metallic ceiba borer beetle (Euchroma gigantea) 20 478 - 10
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This Giant metallic wood boring beetle from Ecuador has been frequently collected for its superb iridescent wing cases that reflect most colors of the rainbow. The elytra are used to adorn textiles worldwide and represent an exotic decoration without having to use expensive minerals. The Shaur tribes of Amazonia use the beetle to make decorative ornaments symbolizing wealth, well-being and personal power. This large beetle is a strong flier and is often attracted to freshly cut trees.
Giant metallic ceiba borer
Buprestis gigantea Linnaeus, 1758, "America."
OTHER COMMON NAMES
Spanish: Eucroma, catzo; Portuguese: Mae do sol, ôlho do sol.
Grows to 2–2.8 in (5–7 cm). Wrinkled elytra, shining green infused with red. Back of prothorax has two large black spots. Freshly emerged specimens covered with yellow bloom.
Mexico to Argentina and the Antilles.
Common on trunks of living or dead bombacaceous trees.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Larvae bore through trunks of dead bombacaceous trees.
Nothing is known.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Elytra are made into jewelry and ornaments by peoples in Central and South America; adults are eaten by Tzeltal-Mayan Indians in Chiapas, Mexico.
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