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shieldback - Pediodectes bruneri - male

shieldback - Pediodectes bruneri - Male
Austin, Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Travis County, Texas, USA
September 1, 2009
Yet another of these vaguely marked individuals. Perhaps with the sampling I've posted it will be possible to determine how variable the species is, or if there are more than one. I'm inclined to think that most of them are Stevenson's but a couple with clearer black/white faces are Tinkham's. Any feedback would be most appreciated.

confusion resolved
The location never jived with Tinkham's Shieldbaci.

P. tinkhami and P. bruneri are very similar. P. bruneri is the one in central Texas. I'm not sure if they are really different species, but I will move these to the name that belongs to the region.

I suspect that perhaps most of these are still nymphs as well, but it's hard to tell. They apparently vary quite a lot in intensity of coloring even in the adults.

Moved from Tinkham's Shieldback.

Moved from Pediodectes.

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