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Which Campsomeris? - Campsomeris dorsata - female

Which Campsomeris? - Campsomeris dorsata - Female
Indian Hammocks Park, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
January 23, 2011
Size: about 1in.
It had a bright red abdomen. I photographed it assuming it was Larra bicolor which I have photographed at this park before. When I saw the picture at home I noticed it wasn't. If this is a Campsomeris, it looks closest to tolteca to me, and would be a first for FL in Bugguide. Do I have Campsomeris tolteca here or something else?

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Which Campsomeris? - Campsomeris dorsata - female Which Campsomeris? - Campsomeris dorsata

Campsomeris dorsata, female
I suspect the specimen blew in from the West Indies, and it is probably not established in Florida.

Moved from Campsomeris.

 
By George, I've got it!
So George, I've been going to the same park of these pics for a few weekends now in the hopes of seeing it again. Well, today I saw two of them flying from flower to flower (this time in a field adjacent to the hedge were these pics were taken) along with many other types of bees and wasps. Now, I don't like to collect specimens and much rather photograph them. As luck would have it I was out of batteries on the cam. So, since you had asked and it is a bit of a mystery I did manage to catch one. It is in the freezer. How long do I keep it there? What should I do with it after it's dead? Also, how long do these insects live? and since there are at least two in this location is it more likely that they are established?

 
Great to hear!
Spread the wings out away from the top of the insect, so the abdomen is visible, and take a dorsal photo.

There is the possibility that they are established there. They would need suitable scarab larvae as hosts, which shouldn't be a problem if you see other scoliid species in the area. There isn't much info on scoliid longetivity.

Have you seen any other scoliids at the park?

 
See abdomen here.
Here is a link to the abdomen shots: I hope it confirms ID.

Yes, I've seen other Campsomeris prob. trifasciata. and there were plenty of Dark Flower Scarabs out today.

Any clear shots of the entire abdomen?
The only species with a red orange abdomen that could possibly be in FL is Campsomeris dorsata, which occurs in Haiti/DR, Puerto Rico, and south into Central and South America. It would be a new record for the US if it is that species and would be interesting to see if it has become established.

 
Exciting!
How very interesting. Unfortunately these are the only shots I got. As I said I thought: "oh Mole Cricket Hunter again, because the abdomen was so red" but I took a couple of shots anyway since it was on the pretty flower and I thought it would make for a nice pic. But I'm on a mission now, I'll be scouting this area often now for a better abdomen shot.

 
Any chance to collect a specimen?
There's a possibility it could be an aberrant Campsomeris plumipes -- the two species are closely related and aside from abdominal color they can be difficult to separate. The range extension would be pretty impressive if it turned out to be C. dorsata.

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