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Buprestid - Trachys minutus

Buprestid - Trachys minutus
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
July 12, 2012
Size: 3.4mm
Found on willow leaf.

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Buprestid - Trachys minutus Buprestid - Trachys minutus

gender: Eur. sources have it as T. minuta
and that's how i remember it since i collected my first specimens of this very common beetle as a kid.
however, in(1) all the sp. endings are masculine; hmm...

Vassili it's good to see you're back!
The scientific names are all Latin to me:-)

thanks, Tom
it's good to be back! will try to catch up; ~20,000 pix to go...
will get back to you about your book soon -- congrats, btw!!

Moved from Metallic Wood-boring Beetles.
Rick Westcott had me follow up on a lead that this European species might be in Massachusetts, based on finding 2 specimens of Trachys in the BYU collection from Concord, Ma. collected in 2001. So I went looking for them on willow and after several hours of searching I was having no luck. On my way back to the car I looked at one last willow and I found 5 of these beetles. Rick confirmed the identity from the pictures and I'll be sending him specimens.
This would be the first confirmation of Trachys minutus in North Anmerica.

Do we know if the BYU/Concord MA specimens
were Tachys minutus? Was there no way to confirm from those specimens? I don't understand why the Concord MA specimens were not sufficient. Was the "find" of Tachys in the collection itself or was it just in a list of collection holdings and identified only to genus? Sorry for all the questions.

It sounds like
there were 2 specimens in a tray at BYU just listed as Trachys sp.
I sent you an email with all the info I have about them.

Way to go Tom!

Thanks Brad
Now we'll have to change the info page for the genus from just one species to 2 in North America.

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