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Genus Cissites

beetle - Cissites auriculata Cissites auriculata (Champion) - Cissites auriculata Cissites auriculata (Champion) - Cissites auriculata Big-eared Blister Beetle - Cissites auriculata Cissites auriculata Cissites auriculata Large Beetle Unknown.. - Cissites auriculata Cissites auriculata (Champion) - Cissites auriculata
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 Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Nemognathinae
Genus Cissites
Explanation of Names
Cissites Latreille 1804
Numbers
a single species in our area, 2 spp. total(1)(2)
Range
s. & w. TX to n. Argentina(1)(2)
Food
larval hosts: Xylocopa (Apidae)
adults are aphagous (2)
Remarks
the only New World representative of the tribe Horiini Latreille 1802, that contains 2 more genera (with ~20 spp.) in the Old World tropics (2)(3)
Print References
Enns, W.R. 1958. Distribution records of two American species of Cissites (Coleoptera-Meloidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 12: 61-64.
Works Cited
1.A United States record for the genus Cissites Latreille (Coleoptera: Meloidae: Zonitini)
Lewis A.E. 2004. The Coleopterists Bulletin 58: 635-636.
2.The New World genera of Meloidae (Coleoptera): a key and synopsis
Pinto J.D., Bologna M.A. 1999. J. Nat. Hist. 33: 569-620.
3.BioLib.cz