Other Common Names
Red-headed Beauty (for TX subsp.)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orig. Comb: Stenaspis insignis Casey 1924
Elyta iridescent green to blue to purple
dark pronotum - arizonicus Type
red pronotum - insignis Type
c TX to n Mex. (Hovore et al. 1987)
Adults strongly attracted to plant exudates.
Larval host unknown, probably utilizes a living host, possibly mesquite or acacia (Dan Heffern, pers. comm.).
On October 14, 2005, 2 miles west of Utopia, Uvalde Co., Texas, Mitch Heindel found 5 pairs incopula and a few unattached males on Evergreen Sumac (Rhus virens) Anacardiaceae, and a couple of singles on another of the same shrub. Hovore et al. (1987) report aggregations of of this sp., including many mating pairs, on stems of Baccharis in San Patricia Co., TX in October. See also Goldsmith (1989).
Type Locality: Comal County, Texas
Casey, T.L. 1912. Studies in the Longicornia of North America. Memoirs on the Coleoptera, 3: 215–386.
Casey, T.L. 1924. Additions to the known Coleoptera of North America. Memoirs on the Coleoptera, 11: 1-347.
Goldsmith, S.K. 1989. Feeding Ecology and the Mating System of Stenaspis verticalis arizonicus
Casey (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 62: 528-533. Abstract
Hovore, F.T., R.L. Penrose & R.W. Neck 1987. The Cerambycidae, or longhorned beetles, of southern Texas: a faunal survey. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 44(13): 283-344, 20 figs.