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Barringer LE. 2021. First record of Phaenops obtusa (Horn) (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in Massachusetts. Insecta Mundi 0862: 1–2.
Phaenops obtusa (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) is reported from Massachusetts for the first time. Ecological and trapping information is also provided.
The genus Phaenops Dejean, 1833 (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), sometimes treated as a subgenus of Melanophila Eschscholtz (e.g. Bright 1987), contains 15 species in North America, five which occur in the northeast (Nelson et al. 2008; Paiero et al. 2012). Phaenops obtusa (Horn) is primarily distributed in southeastern United States from Louisiana to Florida and South Carolina, with a disjunct occurrence reported from New York (Nelson et al. 2008). Presented here is the first record of P. obtusa from Massachusetts, extending its disjunct range in the northeast.