Dichelonyx fulgida    




habitat
Alpine, subalpine, adults closely associated with conifers.

seasonality
Adults collected primarily in June and July.

identification
Adults 8.5-9.5 mm, similar in appearance to Dichelonyx backi but larger, often head, pronotum and limbs much lighter, clearly testaceous not black, if dark, then elytra not as bluish green as backi having purple to reddish overtones medially.

life history
Similar to other Dichelonyx with respect to the larval stage but the adult is unique in feeding on conifer pollen.

conservation
Seemingly less common than other Dichelonyx species in Alberta but this may just be as a result of being on the edges of the species range.

diet info
Larvae fossorial, feed on roots, adults on pollen of conifers such as whitebark pine Pinus albicaulis (Kegley et al. 2001).

range
Mainly found farther south along mountain ranges in the United States, in Alberta collected only from a few localities such as Waterton.

people
species page authorPeterson, R. A.2004 

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=5423

 

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