Explanation of Names
Acmaeodera mixta LeConte 1860
Acmaeodera pulchella var. arizonae Horn 1878
"A common and extremely variable southwestern US species", per Ted C. MacRae
mostly sc US (AZ-TX-MO-UT) / Mex - Map (1)(2)
large series of spmns from Ward Co., west TX
Dets. S. G. Wellso
has the tip of the elytra yellow and black and pulchella
has the tip all black (rarely yellow).
Correction to the above: Hilche (2009) says the apex of the abdomen, not the elytra, in A. pulchella is usually black, rarely yellow. In A. mixta, it is black and yellow.
LeConte, J.L. 1860. Revision of the Buprestidae of the United States. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society (2)11(1859): 187-258.
MacRae, T.C. 2006. Distributional and biological notes on North American Buprestidae (Coleoptera), with comments on variation in Anthaxia (Haplanthaxia) viridicornis (Say) and A. (H.) viridfrons Gory. The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 82(2): 166–199.
MacRae, T.C., and G.H. Nelson. 2003. Distributional and biological notes on Buprestidae (Coleoptera) in North and Central America and the West Indies, with validation of one species. The Coleopterists Bulletin 57(1): 57–70.
Vogt, G.H. 1949. A biologically annotated list of the Buprestidae of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 42: 192-202.
Wellso, S.G. & J.A. Jackman. 2006. A new species of Anthaxia (Haplanthaxia) Reitter (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) and new North American buprestid distributional and host records. The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 82(2): 262-268.