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Species Tegrodera latecincta - Iron Cross Blister Beetle

Iron Cross Blister Beetle - Tegrodera latecincta Iron Cross Blister Beetle - Tegrodera latecincta Iron Cross Beetle high above Owens Valley - Tegrodera latecincta - male Iron Cross Beetle high above Owens Valley - Tegrodera latecincta - male Iron Cross Beetle high above Owens Valley - Tegrodera latecincta - male Iron Cross Beetle high above Owens Valley - Tegrodera latecincta - male Iron Cross Beetle high above Owens Valley - Tegrodera latecincta - male An Iron Cross Beetle from near the north of the range - Tegrodera latecincta - male
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 Eupomphini
Genus Tegrodera (Iron Cross Blister Beetle)
Species latecincta (Iron Cross Blister Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tegrodera erosa latecincta Horn 1891
Tegrodera latecincta (Horn) Blaisdell, 1918
Explanation of Names
Epithet from Latin: late- = wide; cincta = girdled...presumably referring to the black lateral stripe across the elytra, which is wider than in other species of the genus.
Identification
Differs from its two congeners in having a somewhat longer (from front-to-back) black transverse stripe across the elytra than the others (taking up about 1/5 the elytral length)...as well as in a few other less conspicuous characters.(1)
Closest relative of T. erosa, separated from the latter by the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains, and from T. aloga by Mojave Desert(1).
Range
Known from California to the east of the Sierra Nevada and the north of the Transverse Ranges (i.e. the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains)...from northern Los Angeles County (i.e. Antelope valley) to Mono County.(1)
Most records are from the Owens Valley area...e.g. see this list from the California Beetle Database. The northernmost record given in Pinto(1)(1975) was "Benton Station", but it appears the species has been found at least as far north as Mono Lake (see this iNaturalist post).
Food
Adults primarily feed on plants in the genus Eriastrum. Larval hosts unknown, but presumed parasitic on bees or other hymenoptera.(1)
Works Cited
1.A taxonomic study of the genus Tegrodera (Coleoptera: Meloidae)
Pinto J.D. 1975. The Canadian Entomologist 107: 45-66.