Anthaxia angustipennis

Anthaxia angustipennis Klug

Common name: Golden buprestid beetle.

Systematic position: Insecta, Holometabola, Coleoptera, Buprestidae.

Distribution: Egypt to North Africa, Iran and Afghanistan.

Morphology: The adults are about 5-7 mm in length, dorsum, including thorax and elytra, reddish-golden and punctated.

Host plants: Fruit trees like apple, apricot, citrus, fig (Ficus carica L.), mango, peach, pear, as well as Acacia spp., Casuarina, and willow (Salix spp.).

Life history: Adults emerge in May-August and oviposit in Acacia, producing about 20 eggs/female. A life cycle requires about 1-2 years, and a female lives about 3 weeks.

Economic importance: A pest of mango in Egypt.


Monitoring: The beetles can be caught by beating Acacia branches, or with sticky traps on cut branches.

Plant resistance: Some mango cultivars show a degree of tolerance (or reduced susceptibility) to the pest.

Biological control: The pest is parasitized in Algeria by the chalcidid Tanycoryphus saharensis Hedqvist.


Batt, A. E. G. M., 2001: Life cycle of golden buprestid beetle, Anathaxia angustipennis Klug, and relative susceptibility of certain mango tree varieties to infestation with some insect borers. Egyptian Journal of Agricultural Research 79: 521-530.

Hedqvist, K.J. 1967. Notes on some chalcid flies reared from Buprestidae and Bostrychidae, injurious to Acacia roddiana Savi in Algeria (Sahara) and North Tchad. Eos. Revista Espanola di Entomologia 43: 135-146.