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Grey and black beetle - Epicauta funebris

Grey and black beetle - Epicauta funebris
Gainesville, Florida, USA
September 17, 2004
Similar in shape to a soldier beetle, but a little larger, fatter abdomen. Grey underneath, black marked with grey on top.

prob. Margined Blister Beetle,Epicauta pestifera
Blister Beetle, family Meloidae, prob. genus Epicauta. Resembles E. pestifera, Dillon p. 295, plate XXX #8. Sometimes plant id. helps. That one likes a wide variety of plants.
Links:
Clemson Univ.
Univ. Florida Extension--mentions range in Florida.
Visuals Unlimited--stock photo
That id. looks pretty good to me. Hard to say, without something on others in genus, but I'd say it's good enough.
Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

 
Looks exactly right,
so I'm glad I didn't handle it - I'm hypersensitive to this kind of thing!

I suspected you would be the one to ID it, with your beetle expertise (and, of course, Dillon)! Thanks!

Troy's picture is better than mine, but looks like the same fellow:


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