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Species Triplax festiva

Pleasing Fungus Beetle - Triplax festiva pleasing fungus beetle - Triplax festiva Mindblower Beetle - Triplax festiva Pleasing Fungus Beetle - Triplax festiva Triplax festiva Triplax festiva Lacordaire - Triplax festiva Triplax festiva
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)
Superfamily Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark, Fungus and Lady Beetles)
Family Erotylidae (Pleasing Fungus Beetles)
Subfamily Erotylinae (Pleasing Fungus Beetles)
Tribe Tritomini
Genus Triplax
Species festiva (Triplax festiva)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author: Lacordaire, 1842
Explanation of Names
festiva - Latin for "of feasts/festivals: cheerful, colorful, pretty" in other words, "festive"
Numbers
18 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
Size
4.4-6.5 mm (Goodrich & Skelley 1993)
Identification
color pattern unique among our erotylids
Range
TX-FL-NY-MI (2),(3)
Habitat
in woodlands on bracket fungi; sometimes in surrounding leaf litter
Season
Mar-Sept (BG data)
Food
larvae and adults feed on Inonotus polypore bracket fungi
Print References
Goodrich, M.A. and P.E. Skelley. 1993. The Pleasing fungus beetles of Illinois (Coleoptera: Erotylidae). Part II. Triplacinae - Triplax and Ischyrus. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 84(3&4): 153-171. Full PDF
Internet References
Monographie des érotyliens. p.208 - Lacordaire's original description of the species (in French and Latin)
Works Cited
1.Skelley P.E. (2001) Pleasing fungus beetles of North America: Family Erotylidae
2.The Beetles of Northeastern North America, Vol. 1 and 2.
Downie, N.M., and R.H. Arnett. 1996. The Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, FL.
3. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.