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Genus Acmaeodera

Black Beetle, red dots - Acmaeodera plagiaticauda unknown bug - Acmaeodera disjuncta Acmaeodera - Acmaeodera tenebricosa - - Acmaeodera vernalis Acmaeodera quadrivittatoides Nelson & Wescott - Acmaeodera quadrivittatoides Acmaeodera pulchella Acmaeodera sp. - Acmaeodera decipiens Acmaeodera atactospilota
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
144 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area(1), >1,800 worldwide(2)
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)
Internet References
Wikipedia - brief description (4)