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Megapurpuricenus magnificus (LeConte) - Megapurpuricenus magnificus - female

Megapurpuricenus magnificus (LeConte) - Megapurpuricenus magnificus - Female
Upper Picnic Grounds, Garden Canyon, Huachuca Mts., Ft. Huachuca, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
August 5, 2009
Size: ~1.25 inches long
Det. D. Heffern, 2009

Found dead at the upper picnic ground in Garden Canyon Huachuca Mts. the first week of August by Jim Brock.

Darn!
I've looked for that critter in Texas Canyon I don't know how many times without finding it and it's in the picnic area of Garden Canyon?

 
Apparently common at times and in places...
Bruce Walsh wrote, "I see this "junk-bug" all over my sheets in certain locations!" He hasn't provided any specifics yet, but he was obviously dismissive of the suggestion that the beetle might be rare...

 
Unfortunately,
the data, literature and personal field observations do not support that this species is nocturnal nor that it comes to lights. Presumably what Mr. Walsh meant by "all over my sheets." It should also be emphasized that the term "rare" is over used. I would say that it is uncommon as well as being identified by a moth collector. I suggest Mr. Walsh should post a photo of his "junk bug." This may refute the published data.

 
records at lights are unknown and therefore doubtful
but Hovore (1983) does discuss multiple mass emergences...

 
A recent paper by Sanchez-Martinez et al. (2010),
also suggests years of local mass emergence with intervening years of little to no adult activity. Hence, the "every three years" emergence theorem.

 
Well....
If you live out there, and you are in the field a lot, you have a much greater chance of coming across it when it has a nice local emergence. Trying to find it when you are on a limited trip is much harder. But good to know it can be common and also good to know it comes to light. I have looked for it during the day when I understand it can be active flying from oak to oak (I think).

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