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Species Epicauta funebris - Margined Blister Beetle

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Tribe Epicautini
Genus Epicauta
No Taxon (subgenus Epicauta)
No Taxon (Cinerea Group)
Species funebris (Margined Blister Beetle)
Other Common Names
ebony blister beetle
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
= E. solani Werner, 1945
= E. pestifera Werner 1949 (the name used in the Guide till Apr 2009. =v=)
Explanation of Names
Epicauta funebris Horn 1873
funebris = 'funeral'
12-17 mm(1)
Occurs in 3 color forms, cinereous, margined and black; intermediates are known, check (2); enlarged palpi and the slender, rather filiform antennae separate funebris from cinerea, pensylvanica and other similar things. (J.D. Pinto, pers. comm. to =v= 3/21/10). E. funebris and E. cinerea are broadly sympatric throughout e. NA, each with three color forms: black, cinereous, and margined. The margined form predominates from the Mississippi River east to New England & FL. The cinereous form occurs from so. KS & MO to NE-IA. The black form, in the Southwest, primarily from TX and e. LA to so. KS. E. funebris is easily separated from E. cinerea by the enlarged maxillary palp and the form of the antenna (Pinto 1991). The black form of E. funebris can also be confused with E. pensylvanica, but in E. funebris the third segment of the maxillary palp is longer than the width of the eye. In E. pensylvanica it is shorter than the width of the eye. (Barnes 2005)
e. US to AZ - Map (3)(4)(5)
Found of flowers of Ranunculus, Ceanothus, Convolvulus, eggplant, potato, tomato, Clematis, and Amaranthus.(6)
mostly July-Sept (5)
See Also
images that can be assigned to either cinerea or funebris
Works Cited
1.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.
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.
3.New Coleoptera records from New Brunswick, Canada: Stenotrachelidae, Oedemeridae, Meloidae, Myceteridae, Boridae, Pythidae...
Webster R.P., Sweeney J.D., Demerchant I. 2012. Zookeys 179: 279-307.
4.The Meloidae (Coleoptera) of Texas
Dillon, Lawrence S. 1952. American Midland Naturalist, Vol. 48, No. 2:330-420.
5.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
6.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.