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Species Epicauta nigritarsis

Black-toed Meloid - Epicauta nigritarsis Epicauta nigritarsis (LeConte) - Epicauta nigritarsis - female Black-toed Meloid - Epicauta nigritarsis Epicauta nigritarsis (LeConte) - Epicauta nigritarsis Blister Beetle - Epicauta nigritarsis Blister Beetle - Epicauta nigritarsis Epicauta? - Epicauta nigritarsis Epicauta nigritarsis (LeConte) - Epicauta nigritarsis
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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Tribe Epicautini
Genus Epicauta
No Taxon (subgenus Epicauta)
Species nigritarsis (Epicauta nigritarsis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Epicauta nigritarsis (LeConte)
Orig. Comb: Lytta nigritarsis LeConte, 1853
Syn: Epicauta hesitata Dillon, 1952
Numbers
One of 173 species widely distributed in N. and C. Amer. (1)
Size
7 to 14 mm (2)
Identification
Key to species in Pinto 1991 (2)

Det. E. G. Riley, 2010
Key characters, in part: light-colored elytral cuticle without maculations, stripes, or costae; distinct patch of dark setae on humeri and adjacent to scutellum; palps black; legs mostly orangish except black tarsi; single tibial spur on front legs that is curved; wings present. (2)
Range
AZ-TX-OK / ne. Mex. (2)
Habitat
Adults collected feeding on mesquite (Prosopis) (2)
Season
Mar-Oct (2)(BG data)
Remarks
Type Locality: Mexican Boundary
Print References
LeConte, J.L. 1853. Synopsis of the Meloides of the United States. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 6: 328-350.
Pinto, J.D. 1991. The taxonomy of North American Epicauta (Coleoptera: Meloidae), with revision of the nominate subgenus and a survey of courtship behavior. University of California Publication Entomology Bulletin 110. 372 pp.
Ward, C.R., C.W. O'Brien, L.B. O'Brien, D.E. Foster and E.W. Huddleston. 1977. Annotated checklist of New World insects associated with Prosopis (mesquite). U.S. Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin 1557. 115 pp.
Internet References
Type - MCZ, Harvard
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.The taxonomy of North American Epicauta (Coleoptera: Meloidae) with a revision of the nominate subgenus...
Pinto J.D. 1991. Univ. Calif. Publ. Entomol. 110: 372 pp.