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Scarab beetle - Euphoria fulgida

Scarab beetle - Euphoria fulgida
Colorado Springs - Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
June 15, 2013
Size: 16mm
Caught this scarab when I saw it flying behind my building at work. Shape makes me think it is a flower scarab, perhaps something in Euphoria, but haven't made a match. Eric is out of town w/o email right now, so he can't help me. :(

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Scarab beetle - Euphoria fulgida Scarab beetle - Euphoria fulgida Scarab beetle - Euphoria fulgida

Moved from Frass.

Nevermind. Moving back...

Moved from Emerald Euphoria.

Moved from ID Request.

i'm a scarab dummy, but this looks like a variant of E. fulgida
let's wait for scarab guys

Your lucky day ...
You're not going to believe what I found on Amazon. Check your email.

seriously, man?
i'd rather forget what i know about them...
thanks, CB -- real fun... i'll try it, promise.

That would be a Colorado data point :) I might need to send the pics to Dr Krell at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, since he's a scarab expert and doing a scarab survey of Colorado.

recorded only once in 1902
The only published record of this species for Colorado I am aware of is that of Wickham (1902), also from Colorado Springs. Orozco in his 2012 revision of the genus mentions Colorado Springs, but is is not clear whether these are new records. So now we have a confirmation that this species still exists in Colorado. (There might be lots of specimens in collections, but people unfortunately are not keen to publish interesting records these days).

i've asked Bill Warner to take a look, hope he chimes in
the genus was recently revised(1)

You are correct on the species!
Yep, Euphoria fulgida. Jesus Orozco pulled a couple subspecies back out of synonymy with fulgida and synonymized holochloris into moticola. This specimen is close to the NW NM specimens intermediate between the two that caused Hardy to reduce "holochloris" as a subspecies of fulgida in the first place.

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