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Vittata Group

Striped blister beetle - Epicauta occidentalis Striped Blister Beetle (Vitatta group) - Epicauta Soldier or Blister Beetle - Epicauta vittata Orange and Black Beetle - Epicauta abadona Striped Blister Beetle Epicauta vittata ?? - Epicauta vittata Striped Blister Beetle Epicauta vittata ?? - Epicauta vittata Beetle sp.? - Epicauta vittata Epicauta temexa Adams & Selander - Epicauta temexa
Classification
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 Vittata Group
Numbers
4 spp. in our area (abadona, occidentalis, temexa, vittata)
Identification
alternating light and dark longitudinal vittae, where the cuticle beneath is the same color as the setae above (in other words, it's not just the color of setae which result in the stripe)
J.D. Pinto explains: "[image] identifications are based on location and distance between the outer two black vittae relative to the inner when there are 3. If only two vittae, clearly vittata. If three, then distance among them is important although vittata and occidentalis may overlap in this character -- and the photos don't always give an adequate view. Antennal and sternal features also important, but these can't be seen in most photos. In Texas the picture is complicated by a third species, temexa. Females, especially from Texas, are really tough even with specimens in hand."