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Subspecies Eupompha elegans elegans

Eupompha elegans elegans - Eupompha elegans Flower Beetle in Anza-Borrega - Eupompha elegans Eupompha elegans elegans - Eupompha elegans Red-shouldered beetle - Eupompha elegans Beetle - Eupompha elegans Elegant Blister Beetle - Eupompha elegans Elegant Blister Beetle - Eupompha elegans Desert Beetle with Red Shoulders - Eupompha elegans
Classification
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 Eupompha
Species elegans (Eupompha elegans)
Subspecies elegans (Eupompha elegans elegans)
Identification
Less varied than ssp. perpulchra, but ranging in a continuum from the darkest known form (image below) from Southern California (Pinto, 1979; & pers.communication), formerly given the ssp. name humeralis (from the Anza Borrego and nearby places):

to bicolored forms with more orange.
Range
Occurs south of 34ยบ latitude: AZ (Yuma County to SW Maricopa County); Southwestern CA south of the Transverse Ranges; Baja California Norte, & Sonora (Mexico).
Food
Recorded food plants include 8 genera in 6 families, most of them in Asteraceae (Sunflower family).
Remarks
update in progress
Print References
Pinto, J.D., 1979. A classification of the genus Eupompha (Coleoptera: Meloidae). Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 105: 391-459.
Internet References
Photos of lectotype female at Harvard MCZ. (One of the more orange bicolored forms)