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Species Pleuropasta mirabilis

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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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Tribe Eupomphini
Genus Pleuropasta
Species mirabilis (Pleuropasta mirabilis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pleuropasta mirabilis (Horn)
Orig. Comb: Calospasta mirabilis Horn 1870
Size
6-13 mm(1)
Range
from nw. NV along the w. edge of the Great Basin through the Mojave and Colorado deserts to Baja California Sur(2)
Habitat
deserts
Season
When food plants are in flower; generally before May in the low deserts (Colorado Desert, a subregion of the Sonora Desert; see map), May-July in the high deserts of the Great Basin
Food
adults feed on Boraginaceae(2)
Internet References
Type - MCZ, Harvard
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Beetles of California
Arthur V. Evans and James N. Hogue. 2006. University of California Press.
2.A taxonomic review of Cysteodemus, Phodaga, and Pleuropasta with a new generic synonymy
Pinto J.D. 1984. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 86: 127-143.