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This is a large family of small- to medium-sized beetles. Some species are small and round, while others are longer and more angular. The antennae are fairly short. Leaf Beetles exhibit highly variable colors and patterns, including shiny black or brown, greenish-yellow with black dots, pale yellow with black stripes, etc. The adults usually feed on leaves and flowers, while the larvae feed on leaves or roots. The adults of some species feed on pollen, as well as other parts of a plant, often causing more damage than good. Of the various subfamilies, only one will be described next because of the atypical habits of the species. Bruchinae (Seed Beetles): These are small stout beetles with broad oval bodies. They have down-turned heads with a small snout. Seed Beetles are usually dull brown or black, but they may be dull red or yellow with mottled patterns. The adult beetles are occasionally found on flowers, where they lay their eggs. The larvae bore into seeds, where they feed and pupate.