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Species Eupompha elegans

Elegant blister beetle - Eupompha elegans Eupompha elegans elegans - Eupompha elegans Possible Meloidae - Eupompha elegans Eupompha elegans? - Eupompha elegans Elegant Blister Beetle - Eupompha elegans Eupompha elegans - male - female Eupompha elegans perpulchra - Eupompha elegans - male - female Red-shouldered beetle - Eupompha elegans
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 Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Tribe Eupomphini
Genus Eupompha
Species elegans (Eupompha elegans)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eupompha elegans (LeConte)
Orig. Comb: Calospasta elegans LeConte 1851
12 spp of Eupompha in the sw US and Mex. (1)
7 - 13 mm
Black head & thorax; elytra may be variably marked with black and orange, some dark blue populations. (Evans & Hogue, description and photo (2))
so. CA-AZ (3)(BG data)
Feb-July in CA (BG data)
Adult blister beetles, if they feed at all, are strictly plant feeders, consuming leaves and flowers. (4)
This species, though recorded feeding on eight plant families, mostly feed on members of the Sunflower family (Asteraceae). (2)
Internet References
Type - MCZ, Harvard
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.Field Guide to Beetles of California
Arthur V. Evans and James N. Hogue. 2006. University of California Press.
3.Catalogue of the Coleoptera of America, North of Mexico ("The Leng Catalogue")
Charles W. Leng. 1920. John D. Sherman, Jr., Mount Vernon, NY. x + 470 pp.
4.Introduction to California Beetles (California Natural History Guides, No 78)
Arthur V. Evans, James N. Hogue. 2004. University of California Press.