Common name: Metallic wood-boring beetles.

A large (over 12,000 named species) family of beetles which usually live in the soil but are strong fliers. The bodies of the adults shows many metallic colors. The whitish larvae, which borrow in roots and stems, bear very small heads but a greatly enlarged prothorax followed by smaller thoracic segments and a slender abdomen. The legs are vestigial or absent. Capnodis tenebrionis and C. carbonaria are important pests of stone fruits (e.g. almonds).


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