Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Spectralia prosternalis (Schaeffer)
Orig. Comb: Cinyra prosternalis Schaeffer 1904
12-16 mm (Schaeffer 1904)
Det. D. J. Heffern, 2010
S. prosternalis is rarer than S. robusta, but has a smoother pronotum.
Both have been reared from persimmon.
s. TX (Cameron, Duval, and Hidalgo counties) - Map (2)(3)
Number of compiled Texas collecting events by month:
April (1), May (3), June (3), July (1). (Riley & King 2009, plus pic posted here)
Larvae in dead Texas Persimmon (Capote) - Diospyros texana
"Emergence holes indicate that this species bores in the heart and sapwood of health capote [persimmon]. Often large amounts of gum exudes from the emergence soles and other mechanical injuries of these trees." (Vogt 1949)
This association was confirmed recently by MacRae (2006), who states "...cut ex dead trunk Diospyros texana. The specimen was cut from sound, dry, dead wood,...."
Type Locality: Esperanza Ranch, Brownsville, Cameron Co., Texas (1)
Texas considers this a "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN) (6)
The only other species of the genus to occur in the Lower Rio Grande Valley is S. robusta (Chamberlain) (MacRae 2006).
Spectralia robusta (Chamberlain)
Det. E. G. Riley, 2010
MacRae, T.C. 2006. Distributional and biological notes on North American Buprestidae (Coleoptera), with comments on variation in Anthaxia (Haplanthaxia) viridicornis
(Say) and A. (H.) viridfrons
Gory. The Pan-Pacific Entomologist, 82(2): 166–199. (4)
Riley, E.G. & J.E. King. 2009. Element record datasheets submitted to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Wildlife Division, Austin. [cite:]]1636505]
Schaeffer, C. 1904. New genera and species of Coleoptera. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 12(4): 197-236. (Full Text
Vogt, G.H. 1949. A biologically annotated list of the Buprestidae of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 42: 192-202.