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County Record Data from E.G.
Riley, Dec. 2005
Plus Medina County
Range: East of the Rocky Mountains
Flight Period (in Texas): April to July
Adults feed on foliage and fruits of wild and cultivated grapes (Vitis spp.). This species appears to have a two year life cycle. They overwinter as larvae. Larvae feed in decaying wood or in soil in the vicinity of decaying wood.
Note: Attracted to mercury vapor and UV black lights
The genus Pelidnota includes about 100 species and is most speciose in South America. Six species are distributed in Nearctic North America.
Pelidnota punctata (Linnaeus)
Pelidnota strigosa Laporte
Range: Webb Co., TX south to Costa Rica
Photos: Pelidnota punctata - Grapevine Beetle - Bugnet.net
Etymology: Pelidnota punctata (Linnaeus, 1758)
pelidn, -o (G). Livid, black and blue
punctat (L). Marked with pricks or punctures
Biography: Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) - University of California, Berkeley
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