Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Buprestids in Love

When I was out doing field work last summer, I came across tons of these little jewel beetles (or metallic wood-boring beetles, depending on who you talk to – they’re beetles in the family Buprestidae):

buprestids in love

Buprestids in love

I think they are absolutely beautiful!  And you can’t beat a good mid-week bug porn photo either.  :)

PS: Anyone know which buprestids they are?  Maybe Acmaeodera?  I haven’t tried to ID them yet, so you’d save me some time I don’t have if you know.

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