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Genus Dicerca

pale metallic wood borer - Dicerca tenebrica Dicerca spreta (Gory) - Dicerca spreta - female Dicerca?? - Dicerca tenebrica Dicerca tenebrosa? - Dicerca lugubris Wood Boring Beetle on Lodgepole Pine - Dicerca tenebrosa Metallic Borer - Dicerca divaricata Dicerca Buprestidae - Dicerca obscura
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 Buprestoidea (Metallic Wood Boring Beetles)
Family Buprestidae (Metallic Wood-boring Beetles)
Subfamily Chrysochroinae
Tribe Dicercini
Subtribe Dicercina
Genus Dicerca
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Neoargante Nelson 2006, Argante Gistel 1834; no subgenera are recognized anymore (Bellamy 2011)
Explanation of Names
Dicerca Eschscholtz 1829
24 spp. in our area(1), 43 total(2)
9-26 mm (nearctic spp.)(3)
holarctic, Neotropical, & Oriental(2); across NA(1)
recently dead wood or dead parts of living trees (deciduous & coniferous), but D. pugionata attack apparently healthy trees; a few spp. seem monophagous, but most are oligophages(3)
Life Cycle
many spp. hibernate as adults under loose bark; life cycle takes several years (in European spp.)(3)
Print References
Bellamy C.L. (2011) New synonymy and combination in Buprestidae (Coleoptera). The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 86(3): 95-99 (Full text)
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.Bellamy C.L. (2013) The world of jewel beetles: A checklist of world Buprestoidea
3.A revision of the genus Dicerca in North America (Coleoptera: Buprestidae)
Nelson G.H. 1975. Entomologische Arbeiten aus dem Museum G. Frey 26: 87-180.