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Genus Pedilus

Fire-colored Beetle - Pedilus elegans - male P. lugubris? - Pedilus Pyrochroid (?) 4 - Pedilus Fire-colored Beetle - Pedilus canaliculatus Pedilus? - Pedilus punctulatus Soldier Beetle? - Pedilus labiatus Fire-Colored Beetle? - Pedilus Pyrochroidae: Pedilus - Pedilus - female
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 Pyrochroidae (Fire-Colored Beetles)
Subfamily Pedilinae
Genus Pedilus
Explanation of Names
Pedilus Fischer von Waldheim 1822
30 spp. in our area(1)
in NA, mostly w. US, also the northeast(1)
on flowers/vegetation in damp areas(2)
adults active in spring(2)
males often have modified elytral tips/declivity
See Also
some soldier beetles in the subfam. Silinae may look almost identical from a distance
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.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.