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Lepturini ? - Pachyta armata

Lepturini ? - Pachyta armata
Warren Canyon, Inyo National Forest, Mono Basin, eastern Sierra Nevada, Mono County, California, USA
August 2, 2011
I can't seem to find this in the guide... is it in the Lepturini? Habitat was wet meadow with willow and abundant wild flowers, ~ 9,300' elevation. I only observed this species on blooms of Corn Lily - Veratrum californicum. This plant is known to be highly toxic, and seems to be avoided by foilage herbivores --- but insects love it! I consistently observed high numbers of species and individuals - mostly on the abundant flowers. I'm curious if insects are impervious to the toxin, and if they're then avoided by predators...? Any one know anything about the relationships between Corn Lily and insects?

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Perhaps...

Pachyta armata? I'd wait for an opinion from Dennis Haines or someone else who knows the group better than I, though. Pretty beetle in any case.

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