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Family Byrrhidae - Pill Beetles

Pill Beetle - Cytilus alternatus Byrrhid - Cytilus alternatus Curimopsis sp. - Sierraclava cooperi Odd little beetle - Lioligus nitidus Eusomalia lecontei Lioligus nitidus - female Beetle Larva maybe? - Cytilus alternatus Cytilus alternatus? - Cytilus alternatus
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)
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Byrrhoidea (Pill, Water and Toe-winged Beetles)
Family Byrrhidae (Pill Beetles)
Other Common Names
Moss Beetles
Explanation of Names
Byrrhidae Latreille 1804
common name: when disturbed, beetle retracts appendages into ventral recesses, forming a compact "pill"
Numbers
35 spp. in 15 genera north of Mexico(1)(2), 430 spp. in ~40 genera worldwide(3)
Overview of our faunaFamily BYRRHIDAE
Subfamily Byrrhinae
Identification
Key to ne. NA spp. in(4)
Range
most of Canada and n. half of the US; mostly boreal and montane, most NA taxa are restricted to the west(1)(5); also Eurasia and the tropics
Habitat
sandy shorelines, beneath logs and stones, among grass roots, and mossy habitats in general
Season
adults fly during spring and early summer
Food
most feed on moss; occasionally on liverworts, lichens, and grass roots
Remarks
Most adults are active at night or in dim light; Morychus and Cytilus may be active in open areas on sunny days
See Also
members of other families may look similar
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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.Johnson P.J. (-2013) Project Byrrhus
3.Order Coleoptera Linnaeus, 1758. In: Zhang Z.-Q. (ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification...
Ślipiński S.A., Leschen R.A.B., Lawrence J.F. 2011. Zootaxa 3148: 203–208.
4.The Byrrhidae (Coleoptera) of Atlantic Canada
C.G. Majka, D. Langor. 2011. Journal of the Acadian Entomological Society. 7: 32-43.
5.Adventive and native Byrrhidae (Coleoptera) newly recorded from Prince Edward Island
Majka C.G., Noronha C., Smith M. 2006. Zootaxa 1168: 21-30.