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Maculata Group

In Potato Patch - Epicauta pardalis Swarming Epicauta on mesquite  - Epicauta pardalis Coleoptera-Meloidae-Epicauta pardalis - Epicauta pardalis Maculate Epicauta from Oregon Desert - Epicauta Spotted beetles - Epicauta ventralis Spotted Blister Beetle (Epicauta maculata)? - Epicauta maculata - female Epicauta andersoni? - Epicauta andersoni Epicauta - male
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 Epicautini
Genus Epicauta
No Taxon (subgenus Epicauta)
No Taxon Maculata Group
9 spp. in our area (andersoni, apache, jeffersi, maculata, magnomaculata, normalis, pardalis, phoenix, ventralis)
There are maculate spp. in other lineages of the genus, incl. two groups in the nominate subgenus (Bispinosa Group: bispinosa, cazieri, punctipennis; and Oregona Group: oregona --neither in the guide yet) and E. (Macrobasis) maculifera
Print References
Pinto, J.D. 1980. Behavior and taxonomy of the Epicauta maculata group (Coleoptera: Meloidae). Univ. Calif. Pub. Entomol. 89: 1-111. (Google Books preview)