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Attalusinus mexicanus Marshall - Attalusinus mexicanus - male

Attalusinus mexicanus Marshall - Attalusinus mexicanus - Male
Elephant Mountain WMA, ~26 mi. so. of Alpine, Brewster County, Texas, USA
April 23, 2011
Attalusinus mexicanus Marshall
Det. Adriean Mayor, 2011

Spmn sent to TAMUIC


Melyrid from Elephant Mountain WMA
This beautiful beast is Attalusinus mexicanus described by M. Y. Marshall in 1955 from Sonora, Mexico. I have seen speciemens from Arizona where it occurs on Atriplex spp. and Cnidoscolus angustidens. A true desert species it can occur in Spring, Summer and Fall, probably depending on the rains. This is a very nice find for Texas. The other North American species of Attalusinus, A. submarginatus (LeConte)occurs from coastal southern California through the desert to southeastern Arizona.

Atriplex I'll check
Mala Mujer not so much (:

thanks for the great addition, Mike and Adriean
i vaguely suspected Attalusinus...

yes, very!!
reminds me a bit of Troglops

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