Carrion beetle request - southwest USA

Derek Sikes dss95002 at UCONNVM.UCONN.EDU
Tue Jul 30 15:54:49 CDT 2002

Dear taxacomers,

If you or anyone you know might be able to help me by collecting an easily
trapped beetle in the southwest USA please read on:  (please respond to me
off-list, thank you!)

I am in need of live adults of a carrion beetle that occurs in Mexico and
the southwestern US- Silphidae: Nicrophorus mexicanus. I need to find
someone who can help me by collecting and mailing me these beetles. I'd be
happy to negotiate a reimbursement of costs and an honorarium (off list, of

In the right location (cooler forests usually) these beetles can be
easily trapped with rotten meat. The known localities, months and elevations
are listed below. If you can help or would be able to suggest someone who
could, I would be thrilled! I can send detailed trapping and mailing
protocols also.

Derek Sikes

Nicrophorus mexicanus localities of capture in US:

most dates June - Sept.
most elevations 1400-2600m

Arizona Cochise Co., Chiricahua Mts., Hidden Terrace, 4.5 mi SW Portal
Arizona Cochise Co., Carr Canyon, Huachuca Mts.
Arizona Cochise Co., Chiricahua Mts., E. Turkey Cr.
Arizona Cochise Co., Chiricahua Mts., S. Fork Camp
Arizona Cochise Co., Huachuca Mts. Copper Cn.
Arizona Cochise Co., S.W. Research Sta.
Arizona Cochise Co., W side Chiricahua Mts., El Coronado Ranch, Turkey
Arizona Coconino Co., 15 mi SW Flagstaff W Fork Oak Creek
Arizona Graham Co: Wet Canyon, Mt Graham
Arizona Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mts.
Arizona Portal, Chiricahua Mts.
Arizona Portal S.W. Res. Sta.
Arizona Ramsey Canyon, Huachuca Mts.
Arizona S. Francisco Mts.
Arizona Santa Cruz Co., Madera Cn.
Arizona Sierra Vista, 3 mi SE Cochiag Co.
Arizona Sta. Cruz Co., Madera Canyon, Bog Springs Campground
Arizona Yavapai Co., Granite Dells, 4mi. N. Prescott

California Kern Co., 2.5 mi NE Greenhorn Summit
California San Bdno. Co. Caruthers Cyn., New York Mts. T13N R16E sec

Colorado Colo: Larimar Co., Hwy 287 Reststop No. of Virginia Dale
Colorado El Paso Co. Colorado Springs, Rock Creek Canyon

New Mexico Grant Co., Iron Creek C.G.
New Mexico NMex: Catron Co, 6mi S Luna
New Mexico NMex: Socorro Co, 20mi W Socorro, Water Canyon
New Mexico San Miguel Co., Pecos natl. Hist. Mon.
New Mexico Sandoval Co. , Santa Clara Canyon cs 14 air mi W of Espanola

Texas Culberson Co., Guadalupe Mtns. Natl. Pk. Pine Springs Cgd.
Texas Hidalgo CO., Edinburg
Texas Jeff Davis Co., Davis Mt. Resort
Texas Jeff Davis Co., Limpia Cyn., Davis Mt. Resort

Utah Lonesome Beaver, Henry Mts.

Derek Sikes
Dept. of Ecology and Evol. Biology U-43
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269  USA

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