Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lathridius bifasciatus, Aridius bifasciatus, Coninomus bifasciatus
Explanation of Names
Cartodere bifasciata (Reitter 1877)
Easily seperated from similar Latridiids with laterally constricted pronotum by its colour pattern: black markings on elytra between 2nd and 5th. stria in anteriour third and behind middle; lateral black spot in about middle. The extent of the pattern varies between small, seperated maculae, and fused to bands.
native to Australia, introduced into Europe [with tobacco]; apparently, a very recent introduction in our area (NS)(1)
Larvae and adults feed on moulds in decaying organic material(1)
earliest NA record: NS 1989(1)