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Species Moneilema armatum

Moneilema armatum Moneilema - Moneilema armatum Cactus longhorn - Moneilema armatum Beetle on Cactus - Moneilema armatum Black longhorned beetle on a cactus - Moneilema armatum Moneilema armatum LeConte - Moneilema armatum Armed Cactus Longhorn - Moneilema armatum Armed Cactus Longhorn - Moneilema armatum
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 Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Cerambycidae (Long-horned Beetles)
Subfamily Lamiinae (Flat-faced Longhorns)
Tribe Moneilemini
Genus Moneilema (Cactus Longhorned Beetles)
Species armatum (Moneilema armatum)
Explanation of Names
Moneilema armatum LeConte 1853
armatum = 'armed' (refers to pronotal spines)
Identification
pronotal spines smaller than antennomere 9

but note wide degree of variation shown here - Cerambycidae Catalog
Range
sw. US (AZ-TX-KS-CO) / n. Mex. (1)(2)
Season
mostly: May-Aug (BG data)
Food
Bores into the stems and roots of living prickly pear cactus, Opuntia (Raske 1971)
Remarks
Type Locality: Texas
Print References
LeConte J.L. (1853) Description of twenty new species of Coleoptera inhabiting the United States. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 6: 226-235.
Raske A.G. (1971) Bionomics and taxonomy of the genus Moneilema Say. Ph.D. Dissertation (unpubl.), Univ. California, Berkeley. 270 pp.
Smith C.I., & Farrell B.D. (2005) Range expansions in the flightless longhorn cactus beetles, Moneilema gigas and Moneilema armatum, in response to Pleistocene climate changes. Molecular Ecology 14(4): 1025-1044.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.The Cerambycidae of North America, Part VII, No. 2: ... subfamily Lamiinae, tribes Acanthocinini through Hemilophini.
E. Gorton Linsley & John A. Chemsak. 1995. University of California Publications in Entomology 114: 1-292.
2.The Cerambycidae, or longhorned beetles, of southern Texas: a faunal survey (Coleoptera)
Hovore F.T., Penrose R.L., Neck R.W. 1987. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 44: 283-334.