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Species Dromochorus belfragei - Loamy-ground Tiger Beetle

Dromochorus belfragei Salle - Dromochorus belfragei - male Loamy Ground Tiger Beetle - Dromochorus belfragei - male ZE.35225_Dromochorus_belfragei - Dromochorus belfragei - male Dromochorus belfragei Tiger Beetle - Dromochorus belfragei Loamy-ground tiger beetle - Dromochorus belfragei Dromochorus belfragei Dromochorus belfragei
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Adephaga (Ground and Water Beetles)
Family Carabidae (Ground Beetles)
Subfamily Cicindelinae (Tiger Beetles)
Tribe Cicindelini (Flashy Tiger Beetles)
Genus Dromochorus (Dromo Tiger Beetles)
Species belfragei (Loamy-ground Tiger Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Syn: Cicindela (Dromochorus) belfragei Salle 1877
Does not include: Cicindela (Dromochorus) pruinina (Casey) (Spomer et al. 2008)
Explanation of Names
Dromochorus belfragei Sallé, 1877
patronym for TX entomologist Gustave W. Belfrage (1834-1882)
Numbers
4 spp. of Dromochorus (Spomer et al. 2008)
Size
12-14mm long (1)
Identification
The dorsal coloration of this species is brown to black with no elytral maculations.
Male labrum is black with the central diamond-shaped portion ivory colored. The female labrum is metallic black. (1)
Range
e. KS to Corpus Christi, TX - Map (2)
The belfragei forms/sp. are more restricted to central and coastal Texas and overlap considerably with the more widely occurring pruinia forms/sp. (1)
Season
Adults active from May to August. (1)
Life Cycle
This flightless sp. is active throughout the day, but primarily in the afternoon. Overwinter as larvae. (1)
Remarks
Apparently affected by the invasive red imported fire ant, the Loamy-ground Tiger Beetle has virtually disappeared from infected area such as Brazos County, Texas where, before the arrival of these ants, this tiger beetle was common in the 1980's. (1)
Print References
Spomer, S.M., P.D. Nabity & M.L. Brust. 2008. Larval Description of Cicindela (Dromochorus) pruinina (Casey) (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Cicindelinae) with Notes on Habitat and Adult Behavior. The Coleopterists Bulletin 62(1): 37-41. Full PDF
Works Cited
1.A Field Guide To The Tiger Beetles Of The United States And Canada
David Pearson, C. Barry Knisley, Charles J. Kazilek, David L. Pearson, Barry C. Knisley. 2005. Oxford University Press.
2.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)