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Genus Statira

Darkling Beetle - Statira basalis Darkling Beetle - Statira basalis Long-jointed Beetle - Statira basalis Statira basalis Horn - Statira basalis Beetle - Statira gagatina Tenebrionidae: Lagriinae - Statira gagatina Beetle - Statira Statira pluripunctata? - Statira pluripunctata - female
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 Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Lagriinae (Long-jointed Beetles)
Tribe Lagriini
Genus Statira
Explanation of Names
Statira Serville 1825
Blatchley(1) gives the origin as "Greek, a Jewish coin" (stater). Statira, or Stateira, is also a prominent name in Persian history;Stateira II married Alexander the Great.
Numbers
15 spp. in our area(2)
Size
6-14 mm
Identification
key to spp. in(3)
Range
e. to sw. US, most diverse in the south(2)
Habitat
larvae under bark and in stumps
Season
May-Jul in IN(1), May-Aug in NC (S. gagatina)(4)
Food
Adults feed on foliage
Remarks
Adults are nocturnal and come to lights
See Also
Arthromacra have smaller eyes and irregular elytral punctation
Works Cited
1.An illustrated descriptive catalogue of the Coleoptera or beetles (exclusive of the Rhynchophora) known to occur in Indiana.
Blatchley, W. S. 1910. Indianapolis,Nature Pub. Co.
2.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.
3.A key to nearctic Statira and Arthromacra (Lagriidae)
Parsons C.T. 1975. The Coleopterists Bulletin 29: 211-226.
4.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.