Murayama Jewel Beetle
A species of metallic wood-borer beetle in
the family Buprestidae and with the scientific name
Chrysochroa maruyamai. It has six
blackish legs with tiny hooks, a blackish abdomen, and transparent wings.
The elytra are uniformly golden green, apart from a broad,
black edged, yellowish to ivory band, which is somewhat rounded. Its
head is green with two short antennae, that are located at the front of the
head, and rather large, blackish, compound eyes. The thorax is metallic
green with a coppery-gold, i.e. an
amethyst to purplish shine. It is very similar in appearance to Chrysochroa
saundersi, which was formerly known as Chrysochroa tonkinensis, as well as to
Chrysochroa edwardsi and Strigoptera bimaculata (fig.). In Thai, the Murayama Jewel Beetle is called
literally ‘emerald-headed queen metallic wood-boring beetle’.
See also POSTAGE STAMPS.