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cinerea or funebris

Margined Blister Beetle - Epicauta Blister Beetle? - Epicauta Epicauta cf cinerea / funebris - Epicauta Margined Blister Beetle - Epicauta Epicauta funebris - Margined Blister Beetle? - Epicauta Meloidae - Epicauta Meloidae - Epicauta Margined Blister Beetle? - Epicauta
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Tribe Epicautini
Genus Epicauta
No Taxon (subgenus Epicauta)
No Taxon (Cinerea Group)
No Taxon cinerea or funebris
Remarks
E. cinerea and E. funebris have margined color forms (as well as all black and all cinereous forms); similar color forms of the two species can occur together. Hind tibial spurs and close examination of maxillary palpi necessary for females. Maxillary palpi and antennal structure provide easy separation of males but these traits don't always show up well in photos. Those listed "probably" are where the maxillary palpi are suggestive. E. cinerea is commonly found on Clematis (I know of no other host records); I have not seen records of funebris on Clematis. So host alone can suggest the species - although structures should always be checked. --J.D. Pinto, pers. comm. to =v= 19.x.2012