Let’s make a deal!


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I recently conducted a complete reorganization of the jewel beetles (superfamily Buprestoidea) in my collection (TCMC). The primary purpose of this was to bring the nomenclature and arrangement of the collection into agreement with the recently published World Catalogue of Buprestoidea (Bellamy 2008) and accurately document the taxa represented in the collection and their numbers. In the short term this will be helpful not only in visualizing what is represented but also what is missing (particularly in North America), while longer term it lays the groundwork for the eventual donation of my collection to a public institution.

In an active, working collection, no inventory is ever fully up-to-date. In my case, the inventory includes only completely curated material that has been incorporated into the main cabinets. I still have several years worth of material in various states of curation—i.e., unmounted, mounted but unlabeled, or labeled but unidentified. That said, the main collection now contains more than 23,000 specimens of Buprestoidea representing 1,500+ species worldwide. Of the species represented, 37% are Nearctic (U.S./Canada), 22% Palearctic (Europe, North Africa, temperate Asia), 19% Neotropical (Latin America), 10% Afrotropical (Subsaharan Africa), 7% Indomalayan (tropical Asia) and 6% Australian (Australia/New Zealand). The collection also contains 492 paratype specimens representing 77 species. The inventory has been converted to  PDF and uploaded for access by the link below. It lists all of the species represented, with nomenclature updated and taxa arranged according to Bellamy (2008) and number of specimens  indicated for each. Also indicated are higher taxa not yet represented in the collection (shown in gray rather than black text) so that the collection holdings can be placed in context of a complete higher classification for the superfamily.

 Click to see full inventory of TCMC Buprestoidea

Of course, as a North American, the Nearctic fauna is the primary focus of my taxonomic and biological studies. As a result, I am keen to have the Nearctic fauna represented as completely as possible in my collection. Currently I have 75% (595) of the 790 species and non-nominate subspecies currently recognized in North America. Obviously, by now I’ve picked most of the low-hanging fruit, and the last 25% will be much more difficult to get. Many of these are truly rare species that I may never find (some are known only by the holotype), while others are more common but occur in areas that I have limited opportunity to visit. These species are also indicated in the above inventory (again, in gray text) but are also listed below for easy reference. If you have any of the species on this list, please let me know and also what you might like to receive in exchange for them. I have not only many species of Buprestidae from around the world to offer, but also beetles in other families such as longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae), tiger beetles (Cicindelinae), scarabs (Scarabaeoidea), and even non-beetles such as treehoppers (Membracidae) and cicadas (Cicadoidea). Let’s make a deal!


Bellamy, C. L. 2008. World Catalogue and Bibliography of the Jewel Beetles (Coleoptera: Buprestoidea),  Volumes 1–5. Pensoft Series Faunistica, 3125 pp.

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2013

T.C.MacRae Collection Desiderata

Family SCHIZOPODIDAE LeConte 1859
Subfamily SCHIZOPODINAE LeConte 1859
Tribe SCHIZOPODINI LeConte 1859

Genus Schizopus LeConte 1858
sallei ssp. sallei Horn 1885
sallei ssp. nigricans Nelson 1991
Genus Dystaxia LeConte 1866
elegans Fall 1905

Family BUPRESTIDAE Leach 1815
Subfamily POLYCESTINAE Lacordaire 1857
Acmaeoderioid lineage sensu Volkovitsh 2001
Tribe HAPLOSTETHINI LeConte 1861

Genus Mastogenius Solier 1849
arizonicus Bellamy 2002
puncticollis Schaeffer 1919

Tribe ACMAEODERINI Kerremans 1893
Subtribe ACMAEODEROIDINA Cobos 1955

Genus Acmaeoderoides Van Dyke 1942
cazieri Nelson 1968
depressus Nelson 1968

Subtribe ACMAEODERINA Kerremans 1893

Genus Acmaeodera Eschscholtz 1829
— Subgenus Acmaeodera (s. str.)
audreyae Westcott & Barr 2007
bryanti Van Dyke 1953
comata LeConte 1858
consors Horn 1878
cubaecola Jaquelin du Val 1857
discalis Cazier 1940
dolorosa ssp. liberta Fall 1922
fattigi Knull 1953
flavosticta Horn 1878
horni Fall 1899
inyoensis Cazier 1940
laticollis Kerremans 1902
morbosa Fall 1899
pubiventris ssp. panocheae Westcott 2001
recticolloides Westcott 1971
starrae Knull 1966
subbalteata LeConte 1863
thoracata Knull 1974
tildenorum Nelson & Westcott 1995
wheeleri Van Dyke 1919

Genus Acmaeoderopsis Barr 1974
prosopis Davidson 2006
rockefelleri (Cazier 1951)
varipilis (Van Dyke 1934)

Genus Anambodera Barr 1974
nebulosa (Horn 1894)
santarosae (Knull 1960)

Polyctesioid lineage sensu Volkovitsh 2001
Chrysophana generic group [tribal level] sensu Volkovitsh 2001

Genus Beerellus Nelson 1982
taxodii Nelson 1982

Polycestioid lineage sensu Volkovitsh 2001
Tribe POLYCESTINI Lacordaire 1857

Genus Polycesta Dejean 1833
— Subgenus Polycesta (s. str.)
angulosa Jacquelin du Val 1857
— Subgenus Polycesta (Arizonica) Cobos 1981
arizonica ssp. acidota Cazier 1951
— Subgenus Polycesta (Tularensia) Nelson 1997
crypta Barr 1949

Tribe TYNDARINI Cobos 1955
Subtribe TYNDARINA Cobos 1955

Genus Paratyndaris Fisher 1919
— Subgenus Paratyndaris (s. str.)
anomalis Knull 1937
crandalli Knull 1941
grassmani Parker 1947
quadrinotata Knull 1938

Subfamily CHRYSOCHROINAE Laporte 1835
Chrysochroid lineage sensu Bellamy 2003
Nanularia generic group [tribal level] sensu Volkovitsh 2001

Genus Nanularia Casey 1909
cupreofusca Casey 1909
pygmaea (Knull 1941)

Tribe CHRYSOCHROINI Laporte 1835
Subtribe CHALCOPHORINA Lacordaire 1857
Texania generic group sensu Volkovitsh 2001

Genus Texania Casey 1909
langeri (Chevrolat 1853)

Tribe POECILONOTINI Jakobson 1913
Subtribe POECILONOTINA Jakobson 1913

Genus Poecilonota Eschscholtz 1829
ferrea (Melsheimer 1845)
montana Chamberlin 1922
viridicyanea Nelson1997

Dicercioid lineage sensu Bellamy 2003
Tribe DICERCINI Gistel 1848
Subtribe HIPPOMELANINA Holynski 1993

Genus Hippomelas Laporte & Gory 1837
martini Nelson 1996
parkeri Nelson 1996

Genus Gyascutus LeConte 1858
— Subgenus Gyascutus (s. str.)
jeanae (Nelson 1988)
pacificus (Chamberlin 1938)

Genus Barrellus Nelson & Bellamy 1996
femoratus (Knull 1941)

Subtribe DICERCINA Gistel 1848
Dicerca generic group sensu Volkovitsh 2001

Genus Dicerca Eschscholtz 1829
dumolini (Laporte & Gory 1837)
hornii nelsoni Beer 1974
lugubris LeConte 1860
mutica LeConte 1860
sexualis Crotch 1873
spreta (Gory 1841)
tuberculata (Laporte & Gory 1837)

Subfamily BUPRESTINAE Leach 1815
Buprestioid lineage sensu Volkovitsh 2001
Buprestinioid branch sensu Volkovitsh 2001
Tribe BUPRESTINI Leach 1815
Subtribe TRACHYKELINA Holynski 1988

Genus Trachykele Marseul 1865
fattigi Knull 1954
opulenta Fall 1906

Subtribe BUPRESTINA Leach 1815

Genus Buprestis Linnaeus 1758
— Subgenus Buprestis (Cypriacis) Casey 1909
intricata Casey 1909
prospera Casey 1909
— Subgenus Buprestis (Knulliobuprestis) Kurosawa 1988
fremontiae Burke 1924
— Subgenus Buprestis (Stereosa) Casey 1909
apricans Herbst 1801
decora Fabricius 1775

Anthaxioid lineage sensu Volkovitsh 2001
Anthaxiinioid branch sensu Volkovitsh 2001
Tribe ANTHAXIINI Gory et Laporte 1839

Genus Anthaxia Eschscholtz 1829
— Subgenus Anthaxia (Haplanthaxia) Reitter 1911
carya Wellso & Jackman 2006
caseyi ssp. sublaevis Van Dyke 1916
— Subgenus Anthaxia (Melanthaxia) Rikhter 1944
barri Bílý 1995
californica Obenberger 1914
cupriola Barr 1971
emarginata Barr 1971
embrikstrandella Obenberger 1936
exasperans Cobos 1958
furnissi Barr 1971
helferiana Bílý 1995
hurdi Cobos 1958
nanula Casey 1884
neofunerula Obenberger 1942
nevadensis Obenberger 1928
oregonensis Obenberger 1942
porella Barr 1971
sculpturata Barr 1971
serripennis Obenberger 1936
strigata LeConte 1859
subprasina Cobos 1959
tarsalis Barr 1971
wallowae Obenberger 1942

Tribe XENORHIPIDINI Cobos 1986
Subtribe XENORHIPIDINA Cobos 1986

Genus Hesperorhipis Fall 1930
hyperbola ssp. californica Knull 1947
jacumbae Knull 1954
mirabilis ssp. mirabilis Knull 1947

Chrysobothrioid lineage sensu Volkovitsh 2001
Melanophilinioid branch sensu Volkovitsh 2001
Tribe MELANOPHILINI Bedel 1921
Subtribe MELANOPHILINA Bedel 1921

Genus Phaenops Dejean 1833
carolina (Manee 1913)
caseyi (Obenberger 1944)
obenbergeri (Knull 1952)
vandykei Obenberger 1944

Chrysobothrinioid branch sensu Volkovitsh 2001
Tribe ACTENODINI Gistel 1848

Genus Actenodes Dejean 1833
arizonicus Knull 1927
mimicus Knull 1964

Tribe CHRYSOBOTHRINI Gory et Laporte 1838

Genus Chrysobothris Eschscholtz 1829
— Subgenus Chrysobothris (s. str.)
aeneola LeConte 1860
bacchari Van Dyke 1923
bicolor Horn 1894
bisinuata Chamberlin 1938
bispinosa Schaeffer 1909
boharti Van Dyke 1934
breviloboides Barr 1969
caurina Horn 1886
chamberliniana Fisher 1948
costifrons ssp. costifrons Waterhouse 1887
culbersoniana Knull 1943
cupressicona Barr & Westcott 1976
deserta Horn 1886
dolata Horn 1886
fragariae Fisher 1930
grindeliae Van Dyke 1937
helferi Fisher 1942
hidalgoensis Knull 1951
horningi Barr 1969
hubbardi Fisher 1942
idahoensis Barr 1969
kelloggi Knull 1937
knulli Nelson 1975
nelsoni Westcott & Alten 2006
oregona Chamberlin 1934
orono Frost 1920
paragrindeliae Knull 1943
potentillae Barr 1969
pseudacutipennis Obenberger 1940
pubilineata Vogt 1949
purpurata Bland 1864
roguensis Beer 1967
schaefferi Obenberger 1934
schistomorion Westcott & Davidson 2001
scitula Gory 1841
sexfasciata ssp. sexfasciata Schaeffer 1919
sloicola Manley & Wellso 1976
smaragdula Fall 1976
socialis ssp. apache Westcott & Barr 2007
speculifer Horn 1886
subopaca Schaeffer 1904
vivida Knull 1952
westcotti Barr 1969
wickhami Fisher 1942

Genus Knowltonia Fisher 1935
alleni (Cazier 1938)
atrifasciata (LeConte 1878)

Subfamily AGRILINAE Laporte 1835
Tribe AGRILINI Laporte 1835
Subtribe AGRILINA Laporte 1835

Genus Agrilus Curtis 1825
— Subgenus Agrilus (s. str.)
hazardi Knull 1966
— Subgenus Agrilus (Engyaulus) Waterhouse 1889
inhabilis ssp. cuprinus Nelson 1996
utahensis Westcott 1996
— Subgenus Agrilus (Quercagrilus) Alexeev 1998
derasofasciatus Boisduval & Lacordaire 1835
— Subgenus Agrilus (Uragrilus) Semenov-Tian-Shanskij 1935
granulatus ssp. mojavei Knull 1952
sayi Saunders 1871
— Subgenus undefined
amelanchieri Knull 1944
arizonus Knull 1934
audax Horn 1891
aurilaterus Waterhouse 1889
bespencus Barr 2008
burkei Fisher 1917
catalinae Knull 1940
cercidii Knull 1937
cochisei Knull 1948
criddlei Frost 1920
davisi Knull 1941
delicatulus Waterhouse 1889
dozieri Fisher 1918
exiguellus Fisher 1928
floridanus Crotch 1873
funestus Gory 1841
geronimoi Knull 1950
gillespiensis Knull 1947
hazardi Knull 1966
horni Kerremans 1900
jacobinus Horn 1891
langei Obenberger 1935
latifrons Waterhouse 1889
montosae Barr 2008
neabditus Knull 1935
nevadensis Horn 1891
nigricans Gory 1841
obscurilineatus Vogt 1949
olivaceoniger Fisher 1928
ometauhtli Fisher 1938
palmerleei Knull 1944
parabductus Knull 1954
pilosicollis Fisher 1928
pseudocoryli Fisher 1928
pubifrons Fisher 1928
restrictus Waterhouse 1889
shoemakeri Knull 1938
sierrae Van Dyke 1923
snowi Fall 1905
torquatus LeConte 1860
waltersi Nelson 1985
wenzeli Knull 1934

Tribe TRACHYINI Laporte 1835
Subtribe BRACHYINA Cobos 1979

Genus Taphrocerus Solier 1833
floridanus Obenberger 1934

Subtribe PACHYSCHELINA Böving et Craighead 1931

Genus Pachyschelus Solier 1833
fisheri Vogt 1949
schwartzi Kerremans 1892
vogti Hespenheide 2003

5 thoughts on “Let’s make a deal!

  1. Hi Ted, Looking at your desiderata I can fill in about 10 species. A couple more are on my wish-list for the area, and I make annual pilgrimages to places they have been previously collected or sites that look promising nearby. Are you also interested in acquiring more specimens of those you have as singles? My biggest impediment at the moment is my work on Omus. I still have a lot of field work to complete. This year I hope to collect DNA samples from most of the “distinct” taxa in the southern half of their range. I should be up in Trachykele opulenta habitat at the right time of year though! Its on my “to do” list. LOL

    • Yes, I am also keen to augment species represented by only one or two specimens, so that brings a lot more species into play.

      Let me know what you can give up and what you need. I realize that we’re probably both looking at things that each other has in very limited quantities.

      Good luck with T. opulenta!

  2. I’ve seen T. opulenta fly by, fly away, and found pieces and parts in spider webs and around the bases of the Giant Sequoias. I’ve damaged larvae while looking for pre-emergent adults (on private property). Its been a source of great frustration! I’ve had much the same experience with Buprestis intricata. 😦 There used to be a Lodgepole Pine in the parking lot at Mineral King that was riddled with B. intricata emergence holes, and the occasional pieces and parts. The Park Service frowns on people digging around in their trees!


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