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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
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.
15 spp. in our area(2)
6-14 mm
key to spp. in(3)
e. to sw. US, most diverse in the south(2)
larvae under bark and in stumps
May-Jul in IN(1), May-Aug in NC (S. gagatina)(4)
Adults feed on foliage
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.