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LHB - Knulliana cincta

LHB - Knulliana cincta
Collegedale, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA
July 29, 2006
sp.? Long horned beetle.

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Moved from Knulliana.

...we'll have to leave this here for now. This form is much more broadly distributed across the southeastern U.S. than the similar-looking K. cincta spinifera from Florida. In my opinion, it is a distinct species and not just a light-brown version of nominotypical K. cincta, based on different phenology (at least in Missouri where I've studied it closely). I keep waffling whether to describe it - I suspect this and the above mentioned taxa all represent distinct species, but I haven't yet found good structural characters to differentiate them (unlike subspecies sonorensis, which I definitely regard as a distinct species).

This might be one of those Knulliana species. I think I heard a rumor that someone is in the process of describing the immaculate versions as a new species, but I'm not positive.