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Beetle (Jewel) Genus: Pyronota

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Infraorder: Scarabaeiformia
Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea
Family: Melolonthidae
Genus: Pyronota
Common name: Jewel beetles. 

This jewel beetle is in the genus Pyronota, a member of Scarabs and Allies (Superfamily Scarabaeoidea).  
Species unknown. Photographed November Rarangi beach on Oenothera stricta (Evening Primrose).