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Genus Acmaeodera

Metallic Wood-boring Beetle - Acmaeodera tubulus - female Coleoptera - Acmaeodera idahoensis Acmaeodera - Acmaeodera mariposa Beetle - Acmaeodera pulchella Beetle 680A 7344 - Acmaeodera pulchella Beetle - Acmaeodera perlanosa Acmaeodera - Acmaeodera neglecta Acmaeodera - Acmaeodera gibbula
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
Other Common Names
Yellow-marked Buprestids, Spotted Flower Buprestids
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acmaeodera Eschscholtz 1829
144 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area(1), >1,800 worldwide(2)
Ventral surface of body not clothed by a dense tomentum that largely obscures the surface. Pronotum distinctly margined at least in part. Front angles of pronotum in side view are angled. Suture between abdominal sterna 1-2 obliterated or faint. Abdominal sterna 3-5 in females not distinctly clothed.
worldwide except Australasia(2); in our area, widely distributed, most diverse in the southwest(1)
usually seen on flowers(1)
host plant info here(3)
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)
Print References
Fall, H. C. 1899. Synopsis of the species of Acmaeodera of America North of Mexico. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 7: 1-37. (Biodiversity Heritage Library)
Internet References
Wikipedia - brief description (4)