All our pics under Arhaphe cicindeloides
must be Arhaphe arguta
Argument based on (1)
Some note from this work:
"Arhaphe arguta differs from A. cicindeloides by its larger size; remarkably larger head without silvery adpressed pubescence, which is covered only with long black erect hairs; and the wing membrane limited to a crescent along the inner margin of corium, not surpassing corial apex"
I did not have time to analyze all the pictures, but those examined seem to fit for A.arguta. Especially lack of silvery pubescence on head. Due to the pattern/colorI I found difficult or even impossible to appreciate the membrane wings but, for example in this case
membrane fit for A.arguta (Compare fig.8 vs fig.15).
- Arhaphe arguta (Bliven, 1956): Mexico, USA
- Arhaphe cicindeloides Walker, 1873: Mexico
"... all the previous records of A.cicindeloides from the United States as well some of the Mexican records
(Brailovsky 1981) must refer to A.arguta."
Few more notes about genus Arhaphe
a) In work mentioned above 4 species are recorded for USA (only 3 species noted on BG info page for genus Arhaphe).
- Arhaphe arguta (Bliven, 1956), distribution: USA (Arizona, New Mexico), MEXICO.
- Arhaphe breviata Barber, 1924, distribution: Kansas (USA)
- Arhaphe carolina Herrich-Schaeffer, 1850, distribution: USA ( Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virgina), MEXICO
"Occurrence of A.carolina in Arizona and New Mexico certainly requires confirmation."
In addition of USA distribution show above for USA (based on quoted work) BG have one record from Arkansas
and one from Oklahoma
- Arhaphe mimetica Barber, 1911, distribution: "known only from a very limited area in USA: south Arizona (Atascosa Mts.,
Huachuca Mts., Santa Rita Mts.)"
b) Key to U.S. species of Arhaphe given on page 38
c) On page 44 quote
"Differential diagnosis. Arhaphe carolina is easily recognisable from the remaining species inhabiting the USA by its unpuncturated head (see the Key above)"
I think it is a misprint and should be 'punctured' not 'unpuctured' (see Key and fig.13)