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Crossidius sp.

Family Cerambycidae, Subfamily Cerambycinae, Tribe Trachyderini


Big Bend National Park, Brewster Co., TX
October 12, 2004 (M Stangeland & K Davis)

Larval Hosts

Gutierrezia spp. (Broomweed, Snakeweed) - Asteraceae
Haplopappus - Asteraceae
Gymnosperma - Asteraceae

Similar Species: There are 12 species (and 37 named subspecies) of Crossidius ranging across the western United States and northern Mexico.

Texas Taxa:

Crossidius discoideus
Crossidius humeralis humeralis
Crossidius humeralis quadrivittatus
Crossidius militaris
Crossidius pulchellus
Crossidius suturalis suturalis
Crossidius suturalis melanipennis


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