Life makes its way into the La Palma volcano: a beetle appears in the crater

Image of the painted pine beetle specimen found in the volcanic crater. / Itahiza Dominguez/IGN

It is the Buprestis berthelotii, a beetle endemic to the Canary Islands whose larvae feed on the dead wood of pine trees

CANARY ISLANDS7 The Gran Canarian palms

Life is gradually colonizing the building of the La Palma volcano and this Tuesday a scientist from the National Geographic Institute (IGN) reported the appearance of a
live insect in the very crater of the volcano.

Seismologist Itahiza Domínguez shared a photo on the social network Twitter asking about the identity of this beetle with yellow spots "matching the soil dotted with volcanic sulfur crystals."

It is the beetle
Buprestis berthelotiibeetle endemic to the Canary Islands whose larvae feed on the dead wood of pine trees and which inhabits the pine forests of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro, as well as La Palma.

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