Location: Brownsville, Texas
January 10, 2011 11:38 am
This beetles is approximately 1.25 inches long. Reddish brown with black spots, legs and pinchers. Sorry they’re a bit blurry.
Signature: Pam Neuburg
This positively spectacular looking beetle is a Blister Beetle, Cissites auriculata, the Large Eared Blister Beetle. According to BugGuide, the range is “West and South Texas, Mexico south to Costa Rica. Bahamas & Puerto Rico.” There is a posting on BugGuide with a very robust comment section, including: “This probably is only the 2nd record from Texas (& the USA). Lewis recorded the species from the Chisos Mts. in 2004 (Coleop. Bull. 58: 635). The genus is known to parasitize Xylocopa” which are Carpenter Bees.
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