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Genus Acmaeodera

Metallic Wood-boring Beetle - Acmaeodera variegata Acmaeodera hepburnii? - Acmaeodera hepburnii Acmaeodera uvaldensis Knull - Acmaeodera uvaldensis Acmaeodera -? - Acmaeodera mixta coleoptera - Acmaeodera tubulus Acmaeodera? - Acmaeodera delumbis Is this Acmaeodera robusta? - Acmaeodera Acmaeodera rubronotata? - Acmaeodera rubronotata
Classification
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 Beetles)
Family Buprestidae (Metallic Wood-boring Beetles)
Subfamily Polycestinae
Tribe Acmaeoderini
Subtribe Acmaeoderina
Genus Acmaeodera
Other Common Names
Yellow-marked Buprestids, Spotted Flower Buprestids
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acmaeodera Eschscholtz 1829
Numbers
144 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area(1), >1,800 worldwide(2)
Range
worldwide except Australasia(2); in our area, widely distributed, most diverse in the southwest(1)
Habitat
usually seen on flowers(1)
Food
host plant info here(3)
Remarks
Some are pests of timber
Most beetles, including most buprestids, fly with their elytra held out and vibrating their hindwings to give lift and thrust. Acmaedodera, however, fly with their hind wings only — the elytra are fused down the center and form a shield over the insect's abdomen, even during flight. This fact, combined with the banding across the abdomen which is common (though not universal) in this family, gives many of them a distinct wasp-like appearance when in flight. (4)
Internet References
Wikipedia - brief description (4)