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Species Agrilus bentseni - Bentsen Bup

Bentsen Bup - Agrilus bentseni Bentsen's Bup - Agrilus bentseni Agrilus bentseni Knull - Agrilus bentseni
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Buprestoidea (Metallic Wood Boring Beetles)
Family Buprestidae (Metallic Wood-boring Beetles)
Subfamily Agrilinae
Tribe Agrilini
Genus Agrilus
Species bentseni (Bentsen Bup)
Explanation of Names
Type specimens were collected in Bentsen Rio Grande State Park, Hidalgo Co., Texas, March 26, 1953 by D. J. and J. N. Knull." (Knull, 1954)
(Bentsen-RGV State Park was established in 1944.)
171 spp of Agrilus north of Mexico (1)
Length 3.7 mm; width 1.1 mm. (Knull, 1954)
"Form small, rather robust; shining dark bronze throughout; a patch of white pubescence in lateral depression of pronotum, one in basal depression of elytron, an elongate patch at middle and a like patch on apical third of each elytron, rest of dorsal surface with fine pubescence." (Knull, 1954)
Central Texas to the Rio Grande Valley, per specimens in the TAMUIC.
Not known from Mexico. (2)
Bernardia myricifolia (Euphorbiaceae) (2)
Print References
Knull, J.N. 1954. Five new North American species of Buprestidae. Ohio Journal of Science 54(1): 27-30.
Knull, J.N. 1966. Description of male Agrilus bentseni Knull and one new species (Coleoptera: Buprestidae). Entomological News. 77(9): 238-241.
MacRae, T.C. 2006. Distributional and biological notes on North American Buprestidae (Coleoptera), with comments on variation in Anthaxia (Haplanthaxia) viridicornis (Say) and A. (H.) viridfrons Gory. The Pan-Pacific Entomologist, 82(2): 166–199.
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.A catalog and bibliography of the Buprestoidea of America north of Mexico.
Nelson et al. 2008. The Coleopterists Society, Special Publication No. 4. 274 pp.