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Possible Cicindelidia mellisa - Cicindelidia sedecimpunctata - male - female

Possible Cicindelidia mellisa - Cicindelidia sedecimpunctata - Male Female
Reef Townsite Campground, Carr Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
July 8, 2014
After reading the publication describing the new sp. Cicindelidia melissa, I looked through my old images of what I called C. sedecimpunctata and wondered about this image. Elevation is 2,200. meters and in pine habitat. Could it be C. melissa?

Moved, Cicindelidia sedecimpunctata
Moved from Tiger Beetles.

I agree with sedecempunctata...
one of the more common Cicindela in southern AZ (outside of the Wilcox Playa) when I collected there

Well, the habitat and elevation certainly line up,
but your tigers seem to have a pronotum that is the same color as the elytra, while melissa's head and pronotum are strongly cupreous. Do you have any other photos of this pair, sometimes tiger beetle colors can change depending on the angle.

I'm leaning toward sedecimpunctata on these
because it appears that all the abdominal segments are red, as in sedecimpunctata. C. melissa only has red on the last two abdominal segments, see here:

Regarding coloration of Melton's image:
In my opinion the true coloration of abdomen (here only in partial side view) is unfortunately obscured by dense pubescence. The heads (if not also pronota) appear coppery on my monitor.

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