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Arizona unknown scarab - Pelidnota lugubris

Arizona unknown scarab - Pelidnota lugubris
Maricopa Co AZ County, Arizona, USA
August 7, 2007
Size: 18 mm

another
great shot - offhand I'd say this
Eric is thinking P. lugubris - the tarsal claws will place to subfamily - independently moveable? Even when dead, they usually position them like partially open scissors.

 
The claws
One is significantly larger than the other, and seem to be positioned as you state, like scissors

 
OK, then
it's a Ruteline [P.lugubris] - page already in guide

 
excellent!
I just pulled a specimen of P.punctata I have, and the claws are indeed similar. Thanks guys!

Pelidnota sp.
No, really, I'm pretty sure that is the genus for this. It sure is a stark contrast to the common eastern species, eh?!

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