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Photo#37555
hunchbacked leaf beetle - Coscinoptera aeneipennis

hunchbacked leaf beetle - Coscinoptera aeneipennis
World Birding Center HQ at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
November 13, 2005
Shaped very much like Saxinis sp., but lacks the red spots that I've been told are diagnostic of that species.

ID credit
identified as Coscinoptera aeneipennis by Dr. Ed Riley of Texas A&M

Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
World Birding Center
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
joshua.rose_NO_SPAM@tpwd.state.tx.us
956-584-9156 x 236

Piggy-back
Josh, I'm piggy-backing my ID request on yours, hope you don't mind. My photo of this species was taken in 1985. Interestingly, my photo was May and yours November, but then Texas is quite a bit warmer than the Virginia Piedmont.

Hope someone can help with the ID. Here's my image:



--Stephen

Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV
www.stephencresswell.com

 
Discussion
Josh, There is some discussion emerging about my photo that I would think applies to your photo too; click on the photo below to see this discussion:



--Stephen

Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV
www.stephencresswell.com

 
This is not the same species
This is not the same species but C. dominicana as it does not have the aeneous color on the elytra of aeneipennis.

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