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Range: From extreme west TX mountains to north central TX, to the Rio Grande Valley; south to Chihuahua, Mexico.
Adult Activity: April to August in south Texas, May to July in north-central Texas.
Larval Hosts: Hardwoods like willow, oak or hackberry.
Biology: Common at sugar traps. Adults are strong and agile fliers.
In north-central Texas, Lingafelter and Horner (1993) reported approximately 30 specimens congregated at a tree (species undetermined) which was producing much sap and had attracted many other insects.
Similar Species: There are four species of Stenelytrana, three reach the United States.
Stenelytrana emarginata (Fabricius) 1787 - eastern USA
Stenelytrana gigas (LeConte) 1873 - TX; Chihuahua, Mexico
Stenelytrana splendens (Knull) 1935 - AZ
All specimens examined by Lingafelter and Horner (1993) in north-central Texas were assigned to gigas, however many specimens shared characteristics specific to emarginata.
Synonym: Leptura (Stenura) gigas
Etymology: Stenelytrana gigas
sten, -o (G). Narrow
elytr, -o, =um (G). A sheath, cover
giga (G). Giant, very large
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