Center for Systematic Entomology, Gainesville, Florida
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While curating the Corylophidae in the Florida State Collection of Arthropods (FSCA) I came across a pair of strikingly marked Arthrolips from the Florida Panhandle. Shortly thereafter, I found another pair of apparently identical beetles from Taiwan. Examination of the spermathecae sup ported the conclusion that the two series represented the same species. Based on the illustrations of the spermatheca and habitus supplied by Bowestead (2003), both series are A. fasciata (Erichson). This species was described from Tasmania and has been recorded also from New South Wales and New Zealand, and recently (Bowestead 2003), as an immigrant, from France. Bowestead (2003) says that this species ‘...is at once recognizable by its distinct and handsome coloring, of red pronotum and dark elytra with bright red transverse median band...’ (Fig. 1). This species seems to be associated with pines (Bowestead 2003).
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