Emerald Ash Borer Illustrations
Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis or Agrilus marcopoli), watercolor and colored pencil
About the illustration:
Commissioned by: Rainbow Treecare Scientific
About emerald ash borers (Agrilus planipennis or Agrilus marcopoli):
Emerald ash borers are invasive insects in the United States, first found in 2002. Buprestidae, the family within which emerald ash borers are classified, has the following distinguishing characteristics:
1. The first abdominal sternite (shield or plate) is not divided by hind coxae (first segment of the leg where it joins to the body).
2. Hard, elongated and slender bodies.
3. Metallic coloring (most of them).
4. Antennae short and sawtoothed.
Coleoptera Buprestidae are also referred to as "metallic wood borers" and "jewel beetles" owing to the beautiful metallic coloration.
Family: Buprestidae (pronounded "boo-PRESS-te-dee" per ufl.edu)
Species: Agrilus planipennis
More about emerald ash borers:
Wikipedia: emerald ash borer
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