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LeConte's Seedcorn Beetle - Stenolophus lecontei

LeConte's Seedcorn Beetle - Stenolophus lecontei
Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
June 2, 2007
I believe this is Stenolophus lecontei, you can clearly see the first line of black from the center of the elytra is longer than the others, as described on the info page.

Moved from Seedcorn Beetles.


Stenolophus comma
I still favor based on overall pattern of dark elytral bands which are different from that of closely related S. lecontei. Among other features, the first elytral interval should be dark in S. lecontei - not so in image. However, I would need to see details of scutellar striae and pronotal hind angle area to be sure.

ok, moved up to genus level
But this photo of S. lecontei does also appear to have a pale first elytral interval. Unfortunately this is the only shot I got of this quick beetle so I may never know...

Other image also fits Stenolophus comma.
I attached a similar comment to that one. I searched all relevant images in BugGuide and could not find one example that fits my perception of Stenolophus lecontei. I have many mounted Wisconsin specimens of both species. Their differences are rather obvious under the scope. In my area Stenolophus comma is abundant while Stenolophus lecontei is relatively uncommon, but not rare.

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