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Species Plinthocoelium schwarzi - South Texas Bumelia Borer

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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 Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Cerambycidae (Long-horned Beetles)
Subfamily Cerambycinae
Tribe Callichromatini
Genus Plinthocoelium
Species schwarzi (South Texas Bumelia Borer)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Plinthocoelium schwarzi (Fisher)
Orig. Comb: Callichroma schwarzi Fisher, 1914
At times has been considered a subspecies of Plinthocoelium suaveolens
Explanation of Names
Patronym for German-American coleopterist Eugene Amandus Schwarz (1844-1928)
1-2 spp. n. of Mex.
Similar to other members of the genus - very large, brilliant metallic blue-green in color - but with dark upper femora

Det. D. Heffern, 2009
Southmost Texas and adjacent areas of ne. Mexico
May-Jun (BG data)
Nectar-feeders as adults, sometimes also comes to rotting or overripe fruit.
Larvae bore into roots of Sideroxylon (=Bumelia) spp. (Sapotaceae)
Life Cycle
Adults frequent blossoms of Condalia (Rhamnaceae) and Cissus (Vitaceae)
Type Locality: McAllen, Hidalgo Co., Texas
See Also
All other US species of Plinthocoelium have red or orange femora
Print References
Fisher, W.S. 1914. A new species of Callichroma from Texas. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 16(3): 97-98.
Hovore, F.T., R.L. Penrose & R.W. Neck. 1987. The Cerambycidae, or longhorned beetles, of southern Texas: a faunal survey (Coleoptera). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 44(13): 283-334, 20 figs.
Vogt, B.G. 1949. Notes on Cerambycidae from the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 25(3): 137-144; (4): 175-184.
Internet References
Type - Smithsonian (USNM)
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn, 2008