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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
s. TX / ne. Mex. - Map (1)(2)
Mar-Jun (1),(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) (1)
Type Locality: McAllen, Hidalgo Co., Texas
Described from four specimens, two females and two males, received from D. K. McMillan with the following note, "Collected May 22, 1909, on the blossoms of Cissus incisa, rather common and a number of mating pairs were crawling among the foliage." (Fisher 1914)
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. (Full PDF)
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. (1)
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
Works Cited
1.The Cerambycidae, or longhorned beetles, of southern Texas: a faunal survey (Coleoptera)
Hovore F.T., Penrose R.L., Neck R.W. 1987. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 44: 283-334.
2.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)