|Megaderus bifasciatus, found in Clinton, Greenlee County, AZ|
Meanwhile, we had our potluck feast at Pat's and I was working off some calories in his beautiful garden that slopes up the side of Ramsey Canyon behind his house. I picked mainly small leaf beetles from his perennials, all chosen for their attractiveness to insects I am sure. The diversity was delightful, even if they were all old friends.
But then I came across a little grey Cerambycid wit anulated antennae.
|Mecas menthae. on Salvia leucantha|
After a trip to Copper Canyon where our lights were inundated with scarabs from tiny Diplotaxis to sturdy Phileurus truncatus and Strategus aloeus and a restful night's sleep in the back of my Subaru
I visited the garden again. This time I found a nice number of leaf beetle species on Sacred Datura and some morning glories whose leaves were just about skeletonized.
|Elytroleptus luteus in situ|
Check out the distribution for this beetle: it just makes it across the Mexican Border into Arizona, but it's found all through Central America.
Longhorns in the genus Elytroleptus are considered mimics of toxic beetles in the family Lycidae whom they closely resemble.
Close to the Longhorn imitator, I found a Jumpingspider that was trying to take down one of the toxic Lycids. It released the beetle unharmed. I do not know if my camera disturbed it or if it found the beetle unpalatable.