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Truquiella - male

Truquiella - Male
Bentsen-RGV State Park, s. Mission, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
September 13, 2008
Truquiella sp.
Det. Paul Skelley, 2012

ex. UV light trap: IX-6-19-2008

Spmn in the TAMUIC

Sweet beetle!

indeed, very nice -- but now the Hapalips is missing :/

Moved from Hapalips texanus.

Truquiella sp.
Truquiella and Hapalips are very similar, except in sexual dimorphism. This is obviously Truquiella. Males of Hapalips do not have the expanded pronotum, but instead have a small tooth on the tip of the apical abdominal ventrite. Thus, I can only make an assuption that the associated female is the same. I think this genus is known from the US, but not yet reported. Good find. Looks like we'd better find an actual Hapalips to put on BugGuide!

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