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Rhipiphoridae? - Ptilophorus wrightii - male

Rhipiphoridae? - Ptilophorus wrightii - Male
Molino Basin, Catalinas, Pima County, Arizona, USA
September 29, 2007
Size: nearly 1 cm
Surprise at home: the antannae

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Rhipiphoridae? - Ptilophorus wrightii Rhipiphoridae? - Ptilophorus wrightii - male Ripiphoridae? - Ptilophorus wrightii

would also be my guess. Looks very similar to this Ptilophorus shown on the 'Atlas of beetles of Russia' page. My guess would be something closely related to this genus.

Blister beetle?
I'm thinking this is some kind of blister beetle, but never seen anything quite like it....

Too bad you didn't,
because I found it in the parkinglot last Sunday. I did collect it.

There is a species of Rhipiphorid with elytra fully covering abdomen in Southern AZ. Toposcopus wrighti. If its eyes are completely divided, it probably is this. Just curious, Eric, what makes you think its a Meloid?

Link to type images...
for this species on the MCZ type database can be found here.

Looks very similar to me.

Toposcopus wrightii
looks indeed very similar. Mine is just a little less reddish brown (elytra). I think that's it! Thanks everybody!

Nice find!
Fantastic looking beetle.

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