A few years ago, I was able to do a beetle entomological collection at the northeastern part of the Zamboanga Peninsula and, while the collection wasn’t too great, there were some species that are not only new to my collection but, most likely, and I’m pretty sure about it, new to Science.
First is a beautiful Pachyrrhynchus sp. that at first glance the spots looks like those of P. erichsonni WATERHOUSE 1841 but heavily punctured and colored reddish purple. But what delighted me more was the presence of a mimic!
Like many Pachyrrhynchus species, present also was a smaller Metapocyrtus species that was found on the same plant where I collected the former.
Other than it’s size, the elytral pattern isn’t as faithful but it does have an iridescent color that is almost the same as with it’s model.
- Pachyrrhynchus amabilis SCHULTZE 1922 and its mimics
- Unidentified Doliops sp. a possible mimic of Pachyrrhynchus sulphureomaculatus?
- Spectacular mimicry involving 3 species
- Two undescribed species of Pachyrrhynchus and its Metapocyrtus mimic species from Mt. Matutum
- The genus Pachyrrhynchus and its mimic, genus Doliops