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Acmaeodera without any trace of red and an all dark pronotum - Acmaeodera flavopicta

Acmaeodera without any trace of red and an all dark pronotum - Acmaeodera flavopicta
Highway 90, AZ, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
August 15, 2007
Size: 10mm
I had filed this away as A. rubronotata, but it isn't

If I may suggest, ...
if you wish to impose on specialists for identifications, as a courtesy, you may want to include more appropriate data that isn't so ambiguous as "Hwy 90" which probably traverses 100 miles through Cochise County while encountering a myriad of ecological associations and niches as well as many similiar species. Also, it would be a good idea to give credit to the individuals for their valuable time and expertise you've drawn upon as well as informing others whom they might contact for future queries. You'll appear more professional than just posting hundreds of photos and expecting someone to ID them for you.

Best wishes, ...


My best guess (and I'm not 10
My best guess (and I'm not 100%) is that this is Acmaeodera flavopicta Waterhouse, 1889.

Acmaeodera flavopicta Waterhouse, 1889
After reviewing the Harvard type (syn. A. flavosticta) your falls between my specimen from eastern AZ and the type from Mexico. The species is variable in the pattern of spots as can be seen in your picture (the two sides don't quite match up). My specimen of this species incorporates all the spots on yours and a few more tiny ones.

Thank you
Dennis! By the way, I had to correct the location and the date.

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