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Species Phloeodes diabolicus - Diabolical Ironclad Beetle

Diabolical Ironclad Beetle - Phloeodes diabolicus Ironclad with cream markings - Phloeodes diabolicus Diabolical Ironclad Beetle - Phloeodes diabolicus FORD* Beetle - Phloeodes diabolicus Large Black Beetle - Phloeodes diabolicus Black beetle - Phloeodes diabolicus Black beetle - Phloeodes diabolicus Diabolical Ironclad Beetle - Phloeodes diabolicus
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 Zopheridae (Ironclad Beetles)
Subfamily Zopherinae (Ironclad Beetles)
Tribe Zopherini
Genus Phloeodes
Species diabolicus (Diabolical Ironclad Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phloeodes diabolicus (LeConte)
Orig. Comb: Nosoderma diabolicum LeConte, 1851
Syn: Nosoderma pustulosum LeConte, 1859
Syn: Phloeodes pustulosus Horn, 1870 - see Foley & Ivie (2008) for a complete list of synonyms.
Size
15-25 mm (Evans, 2007 (1))
elytra plus prothorax: 16 - 22 mm (García-Paris, et al, 2006)
Identification
Dorsal color can vary from pale brown to dark gray. Apical part of elytra, as well as shoulders, have creamy brown to golden patches.
For a full redescription of this species please see García-Paris et al (2006).
Range
CA-AZ / Baja, Mex. (2)
Habitat
Woodlands, Found under loose bark of oak, cottonwood
Season
Feb-Dec (BG data)
Print References
Powell and Hogue, p. 297, fig. 386 (3)
García-Paris, M., M.M. Coca-Abia, & G. Parra-Olea. 2006. Re-evaluation of the genera Phloeodes, Noserus and Nosoderma (Coleoptera: Zopheridae) with description of a new species of Nosoderma from northern México. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 42(2): 215-230.
Foley, I.A. and M.A. Ivie. 2008. A phylogenetic analysis of the tribe Zopherini with a review of the species and generic classification (Coleoptera: Zopheridae). Zootaxa 1928: 1-72. (2)
Internet References
Type - MCZ, Harvard
Syn: N. pustulosum - MCZ, Harvard
Insectaculture--see note below on identification
Works Cited
1.National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders & Related Species of North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2007. Sterling.
2.A phylogenetic analysis of the tribe Zopherini with a review of the species and generic classification (Coleoptera: Zopheridae)
I.A. Foley & M.A. Ivie. 2008. Zootaxa 1928: 1-72.
3.California Insects
Jerry A. Powell, Charles L. Hogue. 1989. University of California Press.