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Metalic wood-boring beetle - Acmaeodera hepburnii

Metalic wood-boring beetle - Acmaeodera hepburnii
Santa Barbara County, California, USA
June 4, 2010
Size: ~7mm
Acmaeodera sp.? Found on white layia (Layia glandulosa) in sandy clearing in Burton Mesa chaparral

Moved
Moved from Acmaeodera.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Moving to genus for now (cleaning up 'ID Request') pending the desired confirmation.

 
Actually it can go straight t
Actually it can go straight to hepburnii. The more I look at this the more sure I am.

 
Thanks for the ID
Thanks for the ID. Out of curiosity, are the pattern and pubescence the distinguishing features you're keying off?
-Alice

 
Just the pattern on this one.
Just the pattern on this one. They can be variable, but this is a really common species in California. The only actual key to Acmaeodera was put out over 100 years ago and is in French. There are small keys for little groups, but no full revision for the group.

Acmaeodera hepburnii
This is likely Acmaeodera hepburnii, but wait till Dennis sees it to move it.

yes, an Acmaeodera

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