|scientific name Pachyschelus purpureus |
The beetles are 3.0-3.8 mm long. The head and thorax are black and the elytra are dark with a purplulish reflection. Each elytron has an oblique white line of pubesecence in the apical third.. When the legs are drawn to the sides of the body, the beetle looks like a black seed.
The beetle has been reared from bush clover (Lepedeza, not known from Alberta). Chamberlin (1926) reported the beetle from geranium (Geranium maculatum) and taken on poison ivy (Rhus toxicodendron). Poison ivy and other species of geranium occur in southern Alberta.
This species is wide spread, It is known from Idaho, Alberta, Ontario into the New England States and south to Texas (Bright, 1987).
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