The family Buprestidae is moderately oblong, varying in shape and size. The larger ones are usually oblong and somewhat flat, while many of the smaller species are either elongated, short and ovate. Their bodies are hard and inflexible, with usually a bronzed or metallic surface. Their antennae are serrated, jointed and short. The antennae of eleven segments are short and finely saw-toothed. Their thorax and abdomen are firmly united. This is a medium sized family of small medium to large-sized beetles. Most of the species are usually found upon flowers or upon the trunks and limbs of trees, basking in the sunshine.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Kajihiro, Edwin S. and Millspaugh, D. D.
"A Preliminary List of the Buprestidae (Coleoptera) Known to Occur in Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science: Vol. 57:
, Article 82.
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