Anthaxia sp. - metallic wood-boring beetle
Northern Sierra Nevada, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Adult buprestid beetles sometimes feed on flower pollen.  Here, an Anthaxia beetle sits in a Wyethia flower.

USA, CA, Nevada Co.: Sagehen Creek Field Station. 12.vii.2004, 39º26'N 120º14'W, 1900m
Jeffrey Pine forest, ex Wyethia sp.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.