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There is a single myrmecophilous species in this genus of Buprestidae. After mating, adult beetles were found to invade damaged or newly constructed Oecophylla nests to lay eggs. Larvae mine in the leaves forming the nest wall and pupate within the mines. Only adult beetles interact directly with ants, potentially triggering their necrophoric behaviour when caught.

List of Habroloma and their Host Ants
Genus and species Author and Year Ant Host Distribution Notes
Habroloma myrmecophila Bily, Fikacek, Siped, 2008 Oecophylla smaragdina India


  • Bílý, Svatopluk & Fikacek, Martin & Šípek, Petr. (2008). First record of myrmecophily in buprestid beetles: Immature stages of Habroloma myrmecophila sp. nov. (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) associated with Oecophylla ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insect Systematics & Evolution. 39. 121-131. 10.1163/187631208788784084.