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Species Gymnetis caseyi - Harlequin Flower Beetle

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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)
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea (Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles)
Family Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Cetoniinae (Fruit and Flower Chafers)
Tribe Gymnetini
Genus Gymnetis
Species caseyi (Harlequin Flower Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Syns: G. sallei and G. flavomarginata correctly apply to species from southern Mexico south into S. Amer.
Explanation of Names
Gymnetis caseyi Antoine, 2001
Patronym for Thomas Casey (1857-1925), one of the most prolific workers of North American Coleoptera.
Numbers
Ratcliffe determined 18 spp. within Gymnetis, but only G. caseyi reaches the U.S.
Identification
variable:
Range
TX-LA, FL / Tamps & SLP, Mex. (1),(2),(Quinn, 2008)
Season
mostly May-Sept (based on spmns in the TAMUIC) (3)
Food
Adults readily come to bait.
However, little is known about the habits of the larvae. Ritcher (1966) reported three third-stage larvae collected December 31, 1919, at Blue Mott, Victoria Co., TX in rotten moss in a hollow anacua (Ehretia anacua) tree. (4)
See Also
Gymnetina cretacea (LeConte) is frequently incorrectly listed on various websites as Gymnetis cretacea.
Gymnetina cretacea occurs in Arizona and New Mexico. This species is similarly patterned, but black and white vs. yellow.
There may be a second, similar species of Gymnetina occurring in AZ-NM.
Print References
Antoine, P. 2001. Contribution a la connaissance des Gymnetini (Coleoptera, Cetoniidae). Coléoptères 7: 113-136.
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn, 2008
Works Cited
1.An annotated checklist of the Scarabaeoidea of Texas.
Edward G. Riley & Charles S. Wolfe. 2003. Southwestern Entomologist, Supplement. 37 pp.
2. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.
3.Texas A&M University Insect Collection (TAMUIC)
4.White Grubs and Their Allies, a Study of North American Scarabaeoid Larvae
Paul O. Ritcher. 1966. Oregon State University Press, Corvallis. 219 pp.