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Acmaeodera ornata (Fabricius) - Acmaeodera ornata

Acmaeodera ornata (Fabricius) - Acmaeodera ornata
4 mi E. Midway, Madison County, Texas, USA
April 20, 2014
Det. S. G. Wellso, 2015

coll'ed by T. R. Clifton

spmn in the SGWC

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Acmaeodera ornata (Fabricius) - Acmaeodera ornata Acmaeodera ornata (Fabricius) - Acmaeodera ornata

I am not going to argue with Stan's ID, as he had the advantage of working with the actual specimen. I see characters of both species. What is needed is a series of specimens from this and other localities in eastern Texas. The species limits of A. ornata and A. ornatoides are ill-defined, notably in this region, too much so to be confidently identified from a single specimen there. Barr himself did not designate as paratypes a number of specimens, even some well within the area where he had paratypical specimens.


Moved from Acmaeodera.

image from NC
This looks similar to Acmaeodera ornata, except it lacks the elongated humeral mark. In some ways resembles Acmaeodera ornatoides, but I do not know if that ranges that far east.

Any ideas appreciated. (I also left this comment under an image of Acmaeodera ornatoides.)

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