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Amara - Amara aenea

Amara - Amara aenea
Hancock County, Indiana, USA
May 27, 2002
Size: 7 mm
Amara sp. I believe it to be A. littoralis. I have a number of these (from 4 IN counties as well as from southern Michigan) and they all share the following characters: 3 setae on stria 7 subapically, front tibial spur simple, metallic dorsum, no ocellate puncture on elytra, antennomeres 1-3 pale, legs dark, shallow elytral striae, flat intervals, and humeral tooth evident.

My only hesitation is that Downie & Arnett (1) do not list it as occurring in Indiana (though I realize the book is full of errors).

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Moved from subgenus Amara. Revisiting my Amara, I have decided this one best fits A. aenea.


Moved from Amara littoralis.

Moved from Amara.

ocellate puncture
refers to the distinct setigerous puncture at base of each abbreviated scutellar stria (= parascutellar stria) near base of elytra. A. littoralis must have such a pair, otherwise consider rekeying this specimen. Incidentally, Fritz Hieke (2000) revised the Amara impuncticollis species group which yielded five sibling species in my area of WI: A. impuncticollis (uncommon), A. littoralis (common), A. otiosa (rare), A. turbata (rare), A. ovata (rare, introduced). They are difficult to separate externally and most require genitalic confirmation. The previous keys by Lindroth and Downie & Arnett are obsolete and misleading for this species group.

This is a tough group. There are no ocellate punctures or setae that I can see in my seven specimens that appear at least superficially to be the same species. I've seen such punctures in Pterosti*chus. As such, I'm clueless on this one.

No ocellate punctures
and presence of other features you noted would redirect branch of identification key toward species like Amara convexa or A. aenea. These two have all your features including the three punctures on apical elytra. So far I favor A. convexa based on image possibly showing oblique depressions near pronotal hind angles - but under scope these depressions should appear quite distinct. If the only distinct pair of pronotal depressions are near midline and parallel to midline, then consider A. aenea. There are of course more differences than these.

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