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Blister Beetle - Megetra punctata - female

Blister Beetle - Megetra punctata - Female
Portal, Chiricahuas, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
August 12, 2008
Size: ca 20mm

Moved from Megetra.
Clearly punctata; I also compared with specimens at UC Riverside.

Thank you!

Your beetle, Margarethe,
is most likely M. punctata (Elytra coarsely punctate, rather than reticulate, & rounded from top to side). Please see the new INFO page on this species, though its a work in progress.
I'll give you an update in a couple of days. Meanwhile, can you find some more?

found some more, finally
but they are males, I guess.

Great, Margarethe -
can you post photos?

I did
they were on the road to Coronado National Monument, maybe a mile and a mile and a half north of it. I got two and Eric saw another one.

I did'nt even collect
this one - she looked so pregnant. Portal is a great place - a paradise for naturalists, but not exactly close to where I live in Tucson. The beetles seem to be even more common in New Mexico. So maybe next year. Thank you for the ID.

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