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Genus Plateros

Fire*flies? - Plateros - male - female BG2626 E5202 - Plateros Lycid - Plateros Plateros flavoscutellatus Blatchley - Plateros flavoscutellatus - male Plateros centralis Green - Plateros centralis - male Plateros sollicitus (LeConte) - Plateros sollicitus - male Help!   - Plateros Beetle at the BG Gathering - Plateros
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 Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Lycidae (Net-winged Beetles)
Genus Plateros
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly treated as part of Erotinae, this genus (and a related Falsocalleros) are now placed in Platerodinae(1)
Explanation of Names
Plateros Bourgeois 1879
Greek plat 'broad, flat' (2) + genus Eros(3)
Numbers
33 spp. in our area; one of the largest genera of Lycidae(1)(Ramsdale & Kazantsev 2004)
Size
4-8 mm
Identification
Small to medium-sized Lycids, typically with dark elytra and some yellow/orange on margin of pronotum, a color pattern shared with related genera. Particular characters and notes:
no strong ridges (carinae) on the pronotum
species identification requires dissection
Range
one of the most widely distributed genera of Lycidae(1)(Ramsdale & Kazantsev 2004)
Habitat
typically woodlands
Season
typically early to mid-summer: various species May-Jul in IN & NC (3)(4)
Print References
Green J.W. (1953) The Lycidae of the United States and Canada. V. Plateros (Coleoptera). Trans. Am. Ent. Soc. 78: 149-181. (Full text)
Ramsdale A.S., Kazantsev S.V. (2004) A new species of Plateros Bourgeois (Coleoptera: Lycidae) from Arizona. Col. Bull. 58: 345-348. (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.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
3.An illustrated descriptive catalogue of the Coleoptera or beetles (exclusive of the Rhynchophora) known to occur in Indiana.
Blatchley, W. S. 1910. Indianapolis,Nature Pub. Co.
4.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.