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Oculated Tylosis

Tylosis oculatus LeConte

Family Cerambycidae, Subfamily Cerambycinae, Tribe Trachyderini


Tylosis oculatus LeConte

(mallows are its larval food plants)

NABA Butterfly Park
Mission, Hidalgo Co., Texas
December 1, 2005 (Phil Schappert)

Range: Western and southern Texas to southern Mexico (Hovore et al. 1987).

Adult Activity: September to early December (Hovore et al. 1987).

Larval Hosts: Larvae infest plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. (Dan Heffern, pers. comm.) 

Similar Species

Eight species of Tylosis range from Arizona to Texas, south into southern Mexico (Monné & Hovore 2005).
Four species occur north of Mexico (Arnett et al. 2002)

Texas Taxa:

Tylosis jimenezi Dugès 
Tylosis maculatus LeConte
Tylosis oculatus

EtymologyTylosis oculatus LeConte

tyl, =a, -ar, -o, =us (G). A knob, knot, pad
ocul, -i, -o, =us (L). An eye

Biography: John Lawrence Le Conte (1825-1883), entomologist - Wikipedia 


Arnett, R.H., Jr., M.C. Thomas, P.E. Skelley & J.H. Frank. (editors). 2002. American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea. CRC Press. 861 pp.

Hovore, F.T., R.L. Penrose & R.W. Neck. 1987. The Cerambycidae, or longhorned beetles, of southern Texas: a faunal survey (Coleoptera). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 44(13): 283-334, 20 figs.

Linsley, E.G. 1962. The Cerambycidae of North America. Part III. Taxonomy and classification of the subfamily Cerambycinae, tribes Opsimini through Megaderini. University of California Publications in Entomology, 20: 1-188.

Monné, M.A. & F.T. Hovore. 2005. Electronic Checklist of the Cerambycidae of the Western Hemisphere. 393 pp.

Vogt, G.B. 1949. Notes on Cerambycidae from the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 25(3):137-144; (4):175-184.

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