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Species Mordellina pustulata

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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 Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Mordellidae (Tumbling Flower Beetles)
Tribe Mordellistenini
Genus Mordellina
Species pustulata (Mordellina pustulata)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Mordellistena pustulata Melsheimer
Explanation of Names
Mordellina pustulata (Melsheimer 1845)
Length: to apices of elytra, 2-4 mm; to tip of anal style, 2.5-5.5 mm(1)
The spotty silvery elytral pubescence diagnostic(1)
transcontinental (NS-BC to FL-CA)(2)(1)
Life Cycle
larva has been reared in stems of ragweed (Ambrosia trifida) and cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium; Asteraceae)(1)
See Also
The nearest allied species is the rare M. guttulata, which has tibial ridges almost crossing the entire face(1)
Works Cited
1.Monograph of the Family Mordellidae (Coleoptera) of North America, North of Mexico
Emil Liljeblad. 1945. University of Michigan Press.
2.Checklist of beetles (Coleoptera) of Canada and Alaska. Second edition
Bousquet Y., Bouchard P., Davies A.E., Sikes D.S. 2013. ZooKeys 360: 1–402.