Is the Ceiba borer insect, Euchroma gigantea, pictured in Classic Maya art or mentioned in myths?. If examined with a stereoscan electron microscope, the surface of the elytra of Euchroma gigantea L. shows a considerable amount of small indented scales. The giant metallic ceiba borer, Euchroma giganteum, is native to the Nearctic and . org/​giant-metallic-ceiba-borer/​euchroma-gigantea/​image-G

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Glossary Antennae Pair of sensory structures on the head of invertebrates. The female beetle will lay her eggs in rough bark after chewing a shallow hole into the bark.

The beetles range from southern Arizona and New Mexico through Mexico. The adult beetles are found mostly on acadia branches in arid desert flats on summer days. Ceiba borer beetle, Euchroma gigantea, photographed by Andrea Mendoza, inside the rotted hollow core of the trunk of Ceiba pentandra near Retalhuleu, Guatemala.

This is made possible by bacteria in their stomach, which breaks down the cellulose in the tree, allowing them to aid in biodegradation. This species is the largest in the Buprestidae family.

Classification Kingdom Animalia animals Animalia: This page was last edited on 22 Marchat The Post Classic Mayan codices show scorpions and other creatures, but not many beetles. Plus it was raining all night and much of the day, so we were pretty soaked and covered with mud.


University of California Press. Biodiversity Hotspots – Atlantic Forest January, http: Waterbirds of Lake Yaxha, Peten. The larvae of the giant metallic ceiba borer can grow huge, at up to 12 or even 15 centimetres in length 4. The eggs are laid in batches of up to 10, with an average of 4 batches on a single plant. Larva feed on decaying timber, especially of the Bombacaceae family kapok or ceiba trees, mainly Ceiba pentandraBombacopsis spp.

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Negative The diet of the metallic ceiba borer consists mainly of plant matter. They do this by eating the roots and other parts of the tree, causing them to unroot and fall.

As the beetle ages this powder wear off. Andrew Stewart Publishing, Inc.

Scorpions technically are not insects but their images appear on Classic Maya ceramic art and as eccentric flints or eccentric obsidians as offerings underneath stelae. It takes a while since we are studying all creatures of Mesoamerica related to Mayan culture plus all fascinating animals, insects, and even shellfish of Guatemala and Mesoamerica. The bright colours of this species may play a role in camouflage or communication 8.

Wikipedia calls it Euchroma gigantea. As its common name suggests, the larvae of this species are wood borers, burrowing into the host plant and feeding on its wood 5which is digested with the aid of bacteria in the gut 8.


But the day before Christmas someone in our group noticed a relatively large insect crawling around the kitchen out on a dock, over the Rio Dulce. Shellfish, rivers and lakes. Harpy eagle Harpia harpyja.

Giant metallic ceiba borers have different diet trends throughout their life.

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Neotropical living in the southern part of the New World. Wild boar Sus scrofa. One tribe is also known to eat these beetles. Then Andrea Mendoza found more of these insects inside a giant rotten core ceiba tree on the finca of her parents, outside Retalhuleu.

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An amazing insect in Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, and Honduras This discussion is about an insect which has a glowing bigantea surface. OpenStreetMap – Google Earth.

Posted December after finding ceiba borer beetles in two rotting ceiba trees. X Close Image credit. Views Read Edit View history. Amazonas, Bagua Chica leg. When we approached the tree it moved higher up, so either it has excellent eyesight or other manner of sensing presence of people.

The body shape resembles a bullet that is slightly flattened.