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Genus Silis

red and black soldier beetle - Silis Cantharidae - Silis Beetle with Golden mane - Silis Cantharid - Silis spathulata Red and  brown beetle - Silis Silis lutea - male Yet another red and black beetle - Silis Silis percomis
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)
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Cantharidae (Soldier Beetles)
Subfamily Silinae
Tribe Silini
Genus Silis
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ditemnus, formerly treated as a subgenus of Silis, is now considered a valid genus
Explanation of Names
Silis Charpentier 1825
ca. 70 spp. in our area, esp. diverse in montane w. NA (40 spp. in CA alone); several more in the Palaearctic(1)
key to spp. in(2)
throughout the US and so. Canada; also occurs throughout Eurasia, in the tropics, and in smaller numbers in other parts of the world
adults on flowers and foliage in woodlands; larvae in leaf litter
Works Cited
1.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.
2.Revision of the Nearctic species of Silis (Cantharidae: Coleoptera)
Green J.W. 1966. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 32: 447-513.