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Synchita parvula Guérin-Méneville - Synchita parvula

Synchita parvula Guérin-Méneville - Synchita parvula
Santa Ana NWR, so. Alamo, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
March 8, 2009
Det. E. G. Riley 2011

spmn in the TAMUIC

Moved from Microsicus.

Couldn't determine if parvulus or variegatus? Kinda straddles the known range of both. I've found variegatus in Albuquerque and eastern NM, and parvulus makes it to OK. The easiest way to separate the two species is the odd intervals on the elytra. In parvulus they are rounded to almost flat. Variegatus has them almost carinate. Unfortunately the scaly vestiture makes this hard to see in this photo. I find all my variegatus on dead willow or cottonwood whereas parvulus is usually on oak. Comparing with some long series I have, I would guess parvulus for this one.

No (native) Quercus in southmost Texas
And little Salix or Populus in the area... Will fwd your comments to Ed Riley. Mike



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