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Species Sternidius alpha

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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 Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Cerambycidae (Long-horned Beetles)
Subfamily Lamiinae (Flat-Faced Longhorns)
Tribe Acanthocinini
Genus Sternidius
Species alpha (Sternidius alpha)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orig. Comb: Lamia alpha Say 1826
returned to genus Sternidius from Liopinus by Bosquet (2008) - see comment by Ted MacRae

Syns: Liopinus alpha (Say)
Sternidius floridanus (Hamilton)
S. cinereus (LeConte)
S. coloradensis (Dillon)
S. divergens (Haldeman)
S. lateralis (Haldeman)
S. nelsonicus (Casey)
S. suturalis (Dillon)
S. vicinus (Haldeman)
11 spp. [Sternidius 1 sp., plus 10 spp. formerly in Liopinus] n. of Mex. (1)
body length 4-9 mm (2)
Probably the most variable color pattern of any eastern longhorn [...] May well be a complex of closely related species, but there is no consensus presently. (2)

Sternidius alpha Complex
Det. E. G. Riley, 2009
One of the most common lamiines in eastern N. Amer. (2)
March to October (3)
Larvae dev. in branches of numerous hardwoods, shrubs, and vines (3)
Attracted to UV lights (2)
Print References
Bousquet, Y. 2007. Nomenclatural and Bibliographic Notes on Cerambycidae (Coleoptera). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 61(4): 616-631. Abstract
Linsley, E.G. and J.A. Chemsak. 1995. The Cerambycidae of North America. Part VII, no. 2: taxonomy and classification of the subfamily Lamiinae, tribes Acanthocinini through Hemilophini. University of California Publications in Entomology 114: xii + 292. (4)
Internet References
pinned adult image (Michael Thomas, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
distribution in Canada; PDF doc list of provinces plus synonyms (Cerambycidae; in Checklist of Beetles of Canada and Alaska)
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.Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
Douglas Yanega. 1996. Illinois Natural History Survey.
3.Illustrated Key to the Longhorned Woodboring Beetles of the Eastern United States
Steven W. Lingafelter. 2008. Coleopterists Society.
4.The Cerambycidae of North America, Part VII, No. 2: ... subfamily Lamiinae, tribes Acanthocinini through Hemilophini.
E. Gorton Linsley & John A. Chemsak. 1995. University of California Publications in Entomology 114: 1-292.