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Species Purpuricenus opacus

Purpuricenus opacus  (Knull) - Purpuricenus opacus - male Purpuricenus opacus (Knull) - Purpuricenus opacus - female
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 Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Cerambycidae (Long-horned Beetles)
Subfamily Cerambycinae
Tribe Trachyderini
Subtribe Trachyderina
Genus Purpuricenus (Purplescent Longhorns)
Species opacus (Purpuricenus opacus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Purpuricenus opacus (Knull)
Orig. Comb: Tragidion opacum Knull 1937
Size
13-19 mm(1)
Identification
distinguished from other N. Amer. Purpuricenus by its brunneus to dull-orange elytra with at most the apical one-third black(1)
Range
w. TX: Davis Mountains(1)
Habitat
a large series collected in fermenting bait traps in a dry oak woodland dominated by Quercus emoryi, Q. vaseyana, Juniper deppeana, Pinus remota(1)
Season
Late June to late July(1)
Food
Larval hosts unknown; adults have only been beaten from oaks (Quercus)(1)
Life Cycle
most frequently collected from fermenting traps(1)
Remarks
Rare in dry years(1); a large series collected in fermenting bait traps placed in a dry oak/juniper/pine woodland at Davis Mountains Resort, Limpia Canyon at Yellow Knife Trail, 1769 m (5800 ft)
Print References
Knull, J.N. 1937. Notes on Coleoptera with descriptions of new species (Buprestidae and Cerambycidae). Entomol. News, 48(2): 36-42.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Review of the genus Purpuricenus Dejean (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in North America
T.C. MacRae. 2000. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 76: 137-169.