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Genus Phodaga

Black Blister Beetle with orange and white abdomen - Phodaga alticeps Large beetle wasp mimic  - Phodaga alticeps DEATH VALLEY BEETLE - Phodaga alticeps unknown beetle - Phodaga alticeps Dune Meloid - Phodaga marmorata Phodaga marmorata? - Phodaga marmorata Phodaga marmorata? - Phodaga marmorata - - Phodaga alticeps
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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Tribe Eupomphini
Genus Phodaga
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Negalius Casey 1891
Explanation of Names
Phodaga LeConte 1858
Numbers
2 spp. in the genus, both in our area(1)
Size
6-25 mm(2)
Identification
Ph. marmorata: Elytra obsolescently reticulate with variegated cinereous pubescence at floor of reticula; occiput evenly convex; pro- and mesotibia of male not enlarged; antennae not sexually dimorphic; body broadly tumid posteriorly, elytra only moderately declivent laterally, widening posterad
Ph. alticeps: Elytra relatively smooth, subglabrous; occiput distinctly acuminate; mesotibia of male inflated, with a deep ventral furrow; antennae sexually dimorphic, segments III-V of male wider and subglabrous anteriorly; body linear, elytra distinctly declivent laterally, not widening posterad(2)
Range
sw. US to n. Mexico(1)(2)
Print References
(3)
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.A taxonomic review of Cysteodemus, Phodaga, and Pleuropasta with a new generic synonymy
Pinto J.D. 1984. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 86: 127-143.
3.Field Guide to Beetles of California
Arthur V. Evans and James N. Hogue. 2006. University of California Press.