from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various beetles of the family Buprestidae, which are destructive wood borers as larvae and often have a metallic red, green, or blue color.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several beetles, of the family Buprestidae, that are destructive wood borers in the larval stage
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the Buprestidæ.
- n. A member of the Buprestidæ.
The buprestid beetle (Julodisy sp.) defoliated over 50% of a plantation in Rajasthan.
The Ig Nobel in biology went to a team of Australian researchers who discovered that a certain type of male Australian beetle the buprestid beetle would readily mate with a certain type of Australian beer bottle.
Ig Nobels also went to researchers who found that the male buprestid beetle likes to copulate with Australian beer bottles called stubbies, and researchers who showed why discus throwers become dizzy and hammer throwers do not.
We have plenty of buprestid beetles in the woods of North America, one of which happens to be the emerald ash borer.