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Chrysobothris sp.? - Chrysobothris mali

Chrysobothris sp.? - Chrysobothris mali
Santa Barbara County, California, USA
June 18, 2015
Size: ~1cm
Found on Purisima manzanita (Arctostaphylos purissima) in ridgeline chaparral habitat

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Chrysobothris sp.? - Chrysobothris mali Chrysobothris sp.? - Chrysobothris mali

Moved from Chrysobothris. Though known as the Pacific flatheaded borer, it is widespread in the western U.S. Its host range is extensive and the species is highly variable. I have seen this phenotype from manzanita in California and Oregon, and it differs quite markedly from the "normal". It is possible a species complex is involved in what we are calling C. mali. A thorough study of many specimens, employing the use of DNA sequencing, is needed to resolve this.

Moved from Beetles.

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