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Blister Beetle - Epicauta nigritarsis

Blister Beetle - Epicauta nigritarsis
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
October 20, 2006
Size: 12 mm
Several were scurrying around near a lot of other insects under a lighted wall (during the day). Perhaps they were scavenging. Length measured (approximately) in place.

There are several species in this genus listed for the LRGV. There are also some other genera with which I am not familiar, listed, so I may have put this at the genus level too hastily.
A number of species are shown in Biologia Centrali-Americana--pages linked here.
One distinctive species, perhaps similar to this one, is Epicauta curvicornis--has a crook in the antennae, shown here.

Epicauta nigritarsis
John Pinto det.
Moved from Black-toed Meloid.

Moved from Epicauta.

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