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Species Acmaeodera tubulus

metallic wood-boring beetle - Acmaeodera tubulus Metallic wood-boring beetle - Acmaeodera tubulus Spotted Beetle - Acmaeodera tubulus Metallic Wood-boring Beetle - Acmaeodera tubulus Metallic Wood-boring Beetle - Acmaeodera tubulus Acmoedera sp - Acmaeodera tubulus Acmaeodera sp - Acmaeodera tubulus Buprestid - Acmaeodera tubulus - male - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Buprestoidea (Metallic Wood-boring and False Jewel Beetles)
Family Buprestidae (Metallic Wood-boring Beetles)
Subfamily Polycestinae
Tribe Acmaeoderini
Subtribe Acmaeoderina
Genus Acmaeodera
Species tubulus (Acmaeodera tubulus)
Explanation of Names
Acmaeodera tubulus (Fabricius 1801)
4-7 mm(1)
A. tubulus (widespread in e. NA) vs A. neglecta (mostly south-central US north to MO; the lower left individual only):

note the coarser and larger elytral punctures on A. neglecta and the C-shaped markings formed by coalescing humeral and premedial spots. Both are among the earliest buprestids to appear in the spring; in MO, A. neglecta is most often associated with glade habitats, while A. tubulus is a generalist(2)
ON & e US to w. TX (NH-FL to NE-TX) - Map (3)(4)(5)(6)
Larvae in Betula, Carya, Celtis, Crataegus, Juglans, Quercus, Salix, Ulmus; adults observed on Juniperus virginiana, Q. velutina, Sapindus drummondi, Taxodium distichum and flowers of many plants(3)(1)
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to the Jewel Beetles (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) of Northeastern North America.
Paiero et al. 2012. Canadian Food Inspection Agency. 411 pp.
2.The Buprestidae (Coleoptera) of Missouri
MacRae T.C. 1991. Insecta Mundi 5(2): 101-126.
3.A catalog and bibliography of the Buprestoidea of America north of Mexico.
Nelson et al. 2008. The Coleopterists Society, Special Publication No. 4. 274 pp.
4.University of New Hampshire Insect and Arachnid Collections
5.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.
6.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)