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Family Brachypsectridae - Texas Beetles

Texas Beetle larva - Brachypsectra fulva Brachypsectra fulva Brachypsectridae? - Brachypsectra fulva Brachypsectridae? - Brachypsectra fulva TxB - Brachypsectra fulva Brachypsectra fulva LeConte - Brachypsectra fulva Brachypsectra fulva LeConte - Brachypsectra fulva Brachypsectra fulva LeConte - Brachypsectra fulva
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Brachypsectridae (Texas Beetles)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
reviewed in(1)
Numbers
a single genus, with one species in our area and a few more worldwide(1)(2)
Size
4-8 mm(1)
Range
in our area, w. US (CA to CO-TX); also Mexico, Dominican Rep., S. Asia & Australia(1)
Habitat
under bark or rocks(3)
Food
Predacious(3)
Remarks
Larvae can be locally common; adults uncommon and probably short-lived(3)
Print References
Woodruff R.E. (2004) A new species of the beetle genus Brachypsectra from the Dominican Republic, with fossil connections (Coleoptera: Brachypsectridae). Insecta Mundi 16(4): 161-170 (Full text)
Works Cited
1.Review of the family Brachypsectridae (Coleoptera: Elateroidea)
Costa C., Vanin S.A., Lawrence J.F., Ide S., Branham M.A. 2006. Ann. Ent. Soc. Amer. 99: 409-432.
2.Lawrence J.F., et al. (2000-2005) Elateriformia (Coleoptera): descriptions, illustrations, identification...
3.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.