|Lycus sanguinipennis, Lygistopterus rubripennis, Lycus fulvellus femoratus, Lycus arizonensis|
|Joe Cicero's collection of Adoceta apicalis|
|Lyomorpha regulus, small Milkweed Bug, Sisenes championi, Ptychoglene phrada.|
|Some strange Lycids|
|Mating pair of Adoceta ignita|
I was thrilled that I had found Joe's species. But being part of a group of naturalists who usually don't collect and who might be offended, I only collected a few specimens, making sure to get males (there were many) and females (much fewer) both.
Later, from home I sent photos to Joe to report proudly "mission accomplished".
I was pretty disappointed when Joe at first glance called my beetles 'just small Lycus sanguinipennis' - he had immediately noticed that the pronotum of these guys wasn't black ... and then he thought that maybe I had a new species ...
|Male and female of Adoceta ignita|
"It keys out as Adoceta ignita Green, 1950, a species I've never seen before (so the ID is just based on the description). A. ignita was described from two specimens from Arizona and is apparently very rare. I don't know how many times it was found after the description." Soon other specialists in the field like Michael Ivie and Vinicius Ferreira were alerted to our quest and agreed wit Michael Geiser's ID.
We also learned that there is an ongoing discussion about the taxonomic status of the genus Adoceta. In their 2017 paper Motyka et al. merged the genus Adoceta with the genus Lygistopterus. But since until now there were only so few specimens of the American species, these were not part of the genetic sequencing that the study was based on. We will now send a specimen to the lab around Bocak - I'm curious what the result will be. I also thought I would get up the mountain in time to collect a few more specimens, but right now Catalina Highway is closed because of an out of control wild fire. So I'm afraid the species I found may just get lost again.
|so far unidentified specimen which has to be another A.ignita in the SWRS collection|
References to cited papers will be added later