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Family Anthicidae - Antlike Flower Beetles

The biggest and most common anthicid - Notoxus calcaratus Antlike Flower Beetle - Malporus formicarius Vacusus vicinus (LaFerté-Sénectère) - Vacusus vicinus Formicilla munda Antlike Flower Beetle - Macratria murina beetle - Omonadus floralis Anthicid - Acanthinus scitulus Notoxus monodon (Fabricius) - Notoxus monodon
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)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Anthicidae (Antlike Flower Beetles)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ischalia is treated as a separate family, Ischaliidae
Explanation of Names
Anthicidae Latreille 1819
230 spp. in 31 genera in NA(1), ~3,500 spp. in >100 genera worldwide, arranged in 8 subfamilies(2) (of which 5 are represented in our area)
Overview of our fauna:
Taxa not yet in the guide are marked (*)
Subfamily Eurygeniinae
Subfamily Anthicinae
1.25-18 mm(2); in our area, 2-12 mm
Body elongate, ant-like, often [marked with] red or yellow; Notoxinae have a horn on the pronotum
Key covering most ne. spp. and habitus photos in(3)
worldwide and throughout NA(1)(2)
Adults generally found on flowers and foliage; larvae are are usually found on or in the soil, eaf litter, rotten wood, under stones, logs or debris, waterbanks and littoral zone, grasslands, deserts, etc.(1)(2)
Larvae feed on decaying vegetation.
See Also
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.Telnov D. (2011) Anthicidae, Ant-like flower beetles (in The Tree of Life Web Project)
3.The Anthicidae and Ischaliidae of Atlantic Canada
Majka C.G. 2011. J. Acad. Ent. Soc. 7: 50-64.