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Melanactes sp. - Melanactes - female

Melanactes sp. - Melanactes - Female
Hancock County, Indiana, USA
June 16, 2012
Size: 21 mm
Found in nearby woodlot resting on the lower trunk of a small tree (~2 inch diameter), maybe about a foot or so off the ground.

Comparing against the species I have, it seems closest to M. puncticollis in pronotal proportions and elytral sculpture. I'll probably send this to Blaine at some point for him to check.

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Melanactes sp. - Melanactes - female Melanactes sp. - Melanactes - female

yeah
for big showy beetles, these guys aren't easy. I have Mathieu's revision. Genitalia doesn't do anything for these guys. I've already written the section of my work on these guys, so I am more confident with them now :) I am sure I made some errors early on tho...

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