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Subspecies Eupompha elegans perpulchra

Possible Meloidae - Eupompha elegans Elegant Blister Beetle? - Eupompha elegans Single humeral spot morph of Eupompha elegans? - Eupompha elegans Beetle - Eupompha elegans Beetle - Eupompha elegans Beetle - Eupompha elegans Beetle - 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 perpulchra (Eupompha elegans perpulchra)
Range
Mojave (in CA and NV to N39ยบ latitude) and Sonoran deserts (AZ, CA, into Baja California Norte/ Mexico)
CA, in addition to above mentioned regions: Transverse Ranges to the Coast Ranges (Ventura Co. North to Sonoma County); Great Valley (Kern North to Sacramento county); Sierra Nevada (Tulare to Tuolumne counties); Basin & Range (Inyo & Mono counties).
Season
Mid-March to mid-October
Food
Food plant records include 19 genera from 8 families, mostly Asteraceae (Sunflower family).
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
1) A number of CA records are here (209 records; several pages): California Beetle Project
2) photos of at Harvard MCZ - please note that this shows one of the darker varieties of a continuum of elytral patterns from entirely dark, to bicolored in subsp. perpulchra.