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Genus Rhagonycha

Soldier beetle from WA (1) 10.07.16 - Rhagonycha fulva Rhagonycha fraxini (Say) - Rhagonycha fraxini Cantharid - Rhagonycha oriflava - female 1112623 Rhagonycha - Rhagonycha tantilla - male - female Soldier beetle - Rhagonycha Beetle - Rhagonycha Unknown - Rhagonycha Rhagonycha ? - Rhagonycha
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 Cantharidae (Soldier Beetles)
Subfamily Cantharinae
Tribe Cantharini
Genus Rhagonycha
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
our species formerly treated in Cantharis, like most all members of this tribe
Explanation of Names
Rhagonycha Eschscholtz 1830
Greek rhag- 'broken' + onyx 'claw'
~50 spp. in our area(1) (several unnamed)
Holarctic genus; most of NA (more diverse in e. US)(1)
predaceous on other insects; also reported to take nectar(1)
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.