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Brachiacantha testudo Casey - Brachiacantha testudo

Brachiacantha testudo Casey - Brachiacantha testudo
s. of College Station, Brazos County, Texas, USA
April 19, 2009
Det. E. G. Riley 2009

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Brachiacantha testudo Casey - Brachiacantha testudo Brachiacantha testudo Casey - Brachiacantha testudo

Moved
Moved from Brachiacantha.

probably Brachiacantha testudo
One of the "five-spots" of the ursina group. B. testudo is the best match for an individual in Texas with this pattern of discrete elytral spots and pronotum with pale anterior margin and narrowly pale anterolateral angle. (Both male and female have that pronotal pattern, with the female's anterior margin being much narrower.)

I'm almost certain that it's not B. bollii, another ursina group species in the same area: in that species the spots are often confluent, and the pronotum of both sexes has a broad pale anterolateral angle; the anterior 1/3 of the male pronotum is pale, while the female pronotum black with a widely pale anterolateral angle.

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