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Genus Psilopyga

His*terid - Psilopyga nigripennis Histerid - Psilopyga nigripennis On mushroom - Psilopyga fasciata On mushroom - Psilopyga fasciata Psilopyga histrina LeConte - Psilopyga histrina Psilopyga nigripennis LeConte - Psilopyga nigripennis Psilopyga nigripennis LeConte - Psilopyga nigripennis Psilopyga nigripennis
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 Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
No Taxon (Nitidulid series)
Family Nitidulidae (Sap-feeding Beetles)
Subfamily Nitidulinae
Tribe Cyllodini
Genus Psilopyga
Explanation of Names
Psilopyga LeConte 1853
Numbers
4 spp. in our area(1)
Identification
photos and profiles of P. nigripennis and P. histrina
Range
e. US (New England to FL)(1)
Food
closely associated with stinkhorn mushrooms
Life Cycle
larvae develop completely immersed in the pool of viscous, gelatinous residue of the collapsed stinkhorn fruiting body
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.