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Species Pachyschelus purpureus

Unknown - Pachyschelus purpureus mine on Acalypha virginica - Pachyschelus purpureus Metallic blue beetle - Pachyschelus purpureus Pachyschelus purpureus? - Pachyschelus purpureus Buprestidae, Wild geranium leaf miner, dorsal - Pachyschelus purpureus Buprestidae, Wild geranium leaf miner, upper side of leaf - Pachyschelus purpureus Buprestidae, Wild geranium leaf miner, under side of leaf - Pachyschelus purpureus Buprestidae, cocoon - Pachyschelus purpureus
Classification
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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Buprestoidea (Metallic Wood Boring Beetles)
Family Buprestidae (Metallic Wood-boring Beetles)
Subfamily Agrilinae
Tribe Tracheini
Genus Pachyschelus
Species purpureus (Pachyschelus purpureus)
Explanation of Names
Pachyschelus purpureus (Say 1839)
Numbers
2 sspp. in our area (one endemic to TX)(1)
Size
2-3 mm
Identification
Elytra bright blue in the nominate ssp., reddish-purple in P. p. uvaldei, with patches of condensed setae
Range
NY-ON-MN to AL-AZ(2)
Food
hosts: Geranium (P. p. purpureus); Acalypha (P. p. uvaldei)(1)
Works Cited
1.A reconsideration of Pachyschelus schwarzi Kerremans and a review of American Pachyschelus North of Mexico (Col.: Buprestidae)
Hespenheide H.A. 2003. Col. Bull. 57: 459-468.
2.A catalog and bibliography of the Buprestoidea of America north of Mexico.
Nelson et al. 2008. The Coleopterists Society, Special Publication No. 4. 274 pp.