IUCN threat status:

Not evaluated

Comprehensive Description

Read full entry

General Description

Females are predominantly black. Teskey (1990) describes the characters as follows: on the head, the frontal callus and a large area around the ocelli are glossy black; the antennae are slender, and the scape and a portion of the pedicel are yellowish; the clypeus has a median grey pruinose (powdery) stripe half its length; the palpi are black. On the thorax, the the hairs are largely pale and the scutum has a single, broad, gray longitudinal stripe; in keeping with the body, the wings are darkly pigmented in all but the apical quarter of the basal cells, and in the crossband. The abdomen has white hairs on the sternites and most of the tergites; tergite 1 has an inverted "V" of black hair, and tergites 2-3 have lateral patches of black hairs.  Males are similar to females, except smaller and the hairs on the head, thorax, and abdominal tergites 1-3 are black at the base.   Teskey (1990) elevated C. ater from a subspecies of C. carbonarius to full species rank on the basis of several consistent morphological differences, the principal adult difference being the the less well-defined dark crossband of the wing in C. ater as compared to C. carbonarius: in C. ater the band does not reach the posterior margin of the wing, or only does so narrowly.

Trusted

Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 (CC BY-NC 3.0)

© University of Alberta Museums

Source: University of Alberta Museums

Belongs to 0 communities

This taxon hasn't been featured in any communities yet.

Learn more about Communities

Disclaimer

EOL content is automatically assembled from many different content providers. As a result, from time to time you may find pages on EOL that are confusing.

To request an improvement, please leave a comment on the page. Thank you!