Got this little “pretty” in from Cyndi Karp who found this very colorful little beetle while out and around Waldport. She says the beetle like Ponderosa and Hemlock – also Douglas Fir we’re told by Wikipedia, which ads that it goes after dead limbs and dead/already dying trees.
The Buprestid larvae bore through roots, logs, stems, and leaves of various types of plants, ranging from trees to grasses. The wood boring types generally favor dying or dead branches on otherwise-healthy trees, while a few types attack green wood. Some of these are serious pests capable of killing trees and causing major economic damage, such as the invasive emerald ash borer. Some species are attracted to recently burned forests to lay their eggs. They can sense pine wood smoke from up to 50 miles away, and can see infrared light, helping them to zero in as they get closer to a forest fire.