Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes


TaxonomyBrowseInfoImagesLinksBooksData
Photo#635284
Blue beetle with orange abdomen, dorsal - Collops reflexus - male

Blue beetle with orange abdomen, dorsal - Collops reflexus - Male
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
April 21, 2012
Size: 5.5 mm (sans genitalia)
Download high resolution image here.

I found five of these beetles in my front yard on Apr 20 and 21 of 2012 in Albuquerque, NM (Alameda 7.5’ quadrangle). I found this one following or being followed by a female it was probably about to mate with. I also posted its prospective mate:

See the discussion there for greater detail.

The ventral abdomen was much more brightly orange in life and much larger than shown in the ventral view (filling the elytra). It shrivelled considerably and darkened upon dessication.

Followup: I subsequently found more of these beetles, and posted a male treated with acetone, which better preserves its appearance.

This image is derived from a stack of 101 images with a 45 micron step taken with a reversed Leitz Focotar-2 50mm F/4.5 enlarging lens set to F/5.6 + extension tube + Nikon D300 camera, and processed with CombineZP software.

Images of this individual: tag all
Blue beetle with orange abdomen, dorsal - Collops reflexus - male Blue beetle with orange abdomen, ventral - Collops reflexus - male Blue beetle with orange abdomen, lateral - Collops reflexus - male Blue beetle with orange abdomen, anterior - Collops reflexus - male

ID confirmed by A.J. Mayor: Collops reflexus LeConte
"The strongly serrate antennameres 4-10 and the little tuberculations on the elytra along with the shape of the first and third antennameres are diagnostic for this species."

thanks again for this great addition, Edward.

Moved from Collops.

Moved
Moved from Malachiinae.

Moved

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.