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LRGV Blister Beetles? - Pyrota deceptiva

LRGV Blister Beetles? - Pyrota deceptiva
Laguna Atascosa, Cameron County, Texas, USA
October 11, 2010
Size: Larger one, about an inch
Saw these while butterflying the Lower Rio Grande Valley for a week. They appear to both be blister beetles? I'm guessing the larger one is a Pyrota species, but didn't appear to be either of the two on BugGuide, unless there is a lot of head and thorax variability on those. The other appears to be a Striped Blister Beetle, Epicauta vittata? Help with ID is appreciated; they aren't particularly sharp photos so feel free to discard after IDing.

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LRGV Blister Beetles? - Pyrota deceptiva LRGV Blister Beetles? - Pyrota deceptiva

Moved
Moved from Meloinae.

John Pinto says:
"The Pyrota is most likely P. deceptiva Selander. But species of the Mylabrina Group are difficult to identify. The Epicauta must be [/i]E. temexa[/i] Adams & Selander. Photo doesn't separate it from E. vittata except vittata is unknown from Texas and although it may occur in NE Texas, Cameron Co. is well beyond its known range. E. temexa, on the other hand, is a relatively common species there."

[both spp. are great additions to the guide -- many thanks, Monica! =v=]

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Moved from ID Request.

altho i know
very little about beetles i agree with b l and i think your shots r fantastic!

blisterfest
exquisite shot of an amazing scene; the link went straight to Dr Pinto

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