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Species Megetra vittata

Megetra - Megetra vittata - male - female Megetra - Megetra vittata - male - female Water Carrier - Megetra vittata - female Water Carrier - Megetra vittata - female What's this? - Megetra vittata Blister Beetle - Megetra vittata - female Gravid? Beetle? Dramatically swollen abdomen (black with red stripes) - Megetra vittata Ignacio Colorado  - Megetra vittata
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 Eupomphini
Genus Megetra
Species vittata (Megetra vittata)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cysteodemus vittatus LeConte, 1853
Dorsal surface of the elytra are finely, but irregularly reticulate, with punctures of varying size.
Elytra are abrubtly deflexed down the side, producing a well-defined edge, a character shared with M. cancellata, but not punctata.
Northern AZ (including Verde Valley, Flagstaff, Kayenta, Canyon de Chelly); SW Colorado (Ignacio);
New Mexico (San Juan, McKinley, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, Santa Fe counties, south to Socorro and Dona Ana counties) , to West Texas.
Print References
Selander, R.B. 1965. A taxonomic revision of the genus Megetra (Coleoptera: Meloidae) with ecological and behavioral notes. The Canadian Entomologist, vol. 97, no. 6, pp. 561-580.
Internet References