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Species Meloe americanus - Buttercup Oil Beetle

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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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Genus Meloe (Oil Beetles)
Species americanus (Buttercup Oil Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Meloe americanus Leach 1815
It is difficult to distinguish females of Meloe americanus from M. impressus without examining pygidial structure (americanus females have a narrow apical flange). --J.D. Pinto, pers. comm. to =v=, 25.iii.2011
transcontinental in NA
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