Acmaeodera recticollis Fall, 1899,

Davidson, J. M., 2003, Mexican Acmaeodera Eschscholtz, 1829: A new species and checklist, with miscellaneous taxonomic and biological notes on other North American Buprestidae (Coleoptera), Zootaxa 201, pp. 1-18: 13

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Acmaeodera recticollis Fall, 1899


Acmaeodera recticollis Fall, 1899 

Several consecutive seasons of collecting and observations southeast of El Paso, Texas revealed that Acmaeodera recticollis  and Acmaeodera quadrivittatoides Nelson and Westcott  were attracted to the flowers of Acacia constricta Benth.  ( Fabaceae  ). Acmaeodera recticollis  was never observed on any other species of plant. W. F. Barr (in. litt.) said that he found this buprestid on Ephedra  sp. ( Ephedraceae  ) stems about 20 miles northwest of where I collected them on Acacia  . However, at this locality, Westcott & Barr (1998) record this species from flowers of mesquite, Prosopis  sp. ( Fabaceae  ). A small number of Ephedra  plants were interspersed between Acacia constricta  , Prosopis juliflora  (Swartz) DC., Yucca  sp. ( Agavaceae  ) and other desert shrubs, but no specimens of A. recticollis  were seen on either Ephedra  or Prosopis  . Most specimens of A. recticollis  collected were found on Acala Road, 1 mile NE of Interstate 10, about 50 miles SE of El Paso, Hudspeth County, Texas, V­ 3 to V­ 17­2000 ­ 2002. One specimen was also taken on the flower of A. constricta  at 17.4 miles S of Fort Stockton, Pecos County, TX, V­ 5 ­02. While this is not a new state record, it does represent the eastern­most locality of this species' distribution.