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Prairie bug - Agrilus muticus

Prairie bug - Agrilus muticus
Cherokee Prairie Natural Area, Charleston, Franklin County, Arkansas, USA
May 28, 2013
Bugs devouring prairie flower.

Moved from Metallic Wood-boring Beetles. I asked Henry Hespenheide and Ted MacRae to confirm the identification. The former was bothered by the poor focus, as am I; however, Ted said this: "This is classic muticus, which I've collected many times in Kansas and Oklahoma. The association with flowers of Callirhoe involucrata clinches it." This beetle has not been recorded from Arkansas, so if some specimens can be collected and sent to one of us, then we can voucher its occurrence there. Or, if specimens were collected and are in a collection, please let me know.

Thanks for the ID.
This beetle was present in a nature preserve so I expect it to be in the area and I will check when I visit for specimens. I will need to get permission to obtain a specimen since removal from the natural area is prohibited.

Collecting specimens
I am sure if you tell whoever is in charge that a specimen is needed to voucher the species' occurence in Arkansas, and that it will be deposited in an institutional collection, there will not be a problem. But maybe you can find them outside the preserve. Just look for that flower. This is a spring-occuring beetle, so we will have to wait until next year.

I have obtained specimen
under permit from ANAC on 05/28/2014. I had previously contacted Josh Basham for specimen ID and will be providing voucher specimens for this review.

Thank for the info.
I am optimistic that next Spring that I can find a specimen.
By the way, I have a total of six pictures of this beetle and flower if anyone would like additional examples.

Moved from ID Request.

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