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Chrysobothris socialis? - Chrysobothris

Chrysobothris socialis? - Chrysobothris
Vail, Pima County, Arizona, USA
June 4, 2006
Seen on cat claw acacia. not sure if this is C. lucana or C. socialis apache.

Certainly it is not Chrysobothris socialis. However, all I can do is call it Chrysobothris cf. lucana. It remains to be seen if that species is restricted to Baja Calif. Sur, or is more widely distributed and variable, as current literature would have us believe. The species is even recorded from Oregon (see Barr in Hatch, 1971, Beetles of the Pacific NW); however, I find it hard to believe that any buprestid has that expansive of a N-S range. I know of no other such records. The group of species to which this belongs is in great need of a workover!

Hello! I was wondering how it
Hello! I was wondering how it is differentiated from C. socialis? I had placed it there based on its resemblance to one that was found in Box Canyon, also in southern AZ.

First of all, I have not seen C. socialis from the type of habitat around Vail. Neither am I aware of it occurring that far north, though it very well may. It is a larger species, ~12 mm vs. ~8 mm.

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