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Ladder-like Flower Bup

Acmaeodera scalaris Mannerheim, 1837

Family Buprestidae, Subfamily Polycestinae, Tribe Acmaeoderini

cf. A. flavomarginata

Acmaeodera scalaris Mannerheim, 1837

NABA International Butterfly Park
Mission, Hidalgo County, Texas
October 19, 2006 (Patrick Coin)

Texas County Records for Acmaeodera scalaris

County Record Data from E.G. Riley, Dec. 2005

Range: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico and Central America.

Hosts:  Adults feed on Asteraceae, Fabaceae, Malvaceae. 

Similar Species

There are 144 species of Acmaeodera, mostly in the southwestern United States (Arnett et al. 2002). 

Texas Taxa: Over 40 species have been recorded in Texas.

Example: Yellow-margined Flower Bup - Acmaeodera flavomarginata

Etymology: Acmaeodera scalaris Mannerheim, 1837 

acmae, -o (G). Flourishing, 
der, -o (G). The neck; the hide
scal, =a, -ari, -i (L). A ladder

Biography: Carl Gustaf von Mannerheim (1797 – 1854) was a Finnish entomologist and governor - Wikipedia 


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