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Hyperaspis - Hyperaspis levrati

Hyperaspis - Hyperaspis levrati
Pena Blanca, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
May 7, 2009
Size: 2.7 mm
Haven't had a chance to grab Gordon yet, anybody got an idea?

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Thanks
Thanks for the kind words and the suggestions. I agree that it fits well with H. levrati.

Moved
Moved from Hyperaspis.

Hyperaspis levrati (Mulsant)
Keyed from Gordon...Fits well with the characters described in the key, locality, and the illustrations.

I just took another look at i
I just took another look at it to make sure, and it is indeed Hyperaspis. Also, the head is entirely black, not sure why I forgot to mention that.

 
great find!
I was under the weather yesterday and not on BugGuide, so I missed the chance to congratulate you when Tim made the ID. It's always nice to get a new species for the Guide, especially one of the 90+ Hyperaspis that can be so frustrating! Arizona has great beetles, lots of cool Hyperaspis - keep up the good work :-)

 
Thanks Kyle and did I mention Great shots!
This really is quite a distinctive pattern, so it should be straightforward and indeed must be a female. Let's see what Abigail, Tim and others come up with...I am also very curious to know! In the meanwhile, I will keep scanning Gordon for some more clues.

 
Still searching...
Maybe H levrati or revocans variant, both known from Arizona...Just thinking out loud. An interesting challenge!

 
Congrats on a new species...
To the guide!

Hyperaspis?
While I have very little experience with the wonderful diversity of Lady Beetles in Arizona, has it been ascertained that this is definitely a Hyperaspis? I assume so, meaning it has no spur/spine on the front tibiae. Anyway, I have had a quick scan in Gordon (mainly for the spot patterns) and I can't seem to find any close match (The closest would be H troglodytes?). The problem seems to be the "missing" humeral spots. In the meanwhile, I don't quite find a match in Brachiacantha either, but I am really just getting to know the key. I await the experts' opinions with baited breath!

 
humeral spots
I've seen other scymnines with the "typical" pattern having humeral spots, but females lacking them - here's Brachiacantha quadripunctata:
Male


Female

 
Thanks for the info
I was wondering if the missing humeral was a trait these guys had.

what's the head look like?
Is the head entirely black, or are there pale markings on it? If it's black, this is a female, and females with large pale areas on the pronotum are only found in a couple of Hyperaspis groups.

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