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Genus Alobates

False Mealworm Beetle - Alobates pensylvanica Beetles - Alobates morio Beetle_0682 - Alobates pensylvanica Alobates sp. - Alobates pensylvanica Alobates morio False Mealworm Beetle - Alobates pensylvanica Alobates pennsylvanica - Alobates pensylvanica Alobates morio
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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Stenochiinae
Tribe Cnodalonini
Genus Alobates
Explanation of Names
Alobates Motschulsky 1872
Likely from Greek alo (variant of allo) 'other' + bates 'one who treads/haunts'(1)
2 spp. in our area(2)
17-23 mm(3)
Key to species:
Mentum smooth, without tuft of long yellowish setae---> pennsylvanica
Mentum with tuft of long yellowish setae---> morio
e. North America, A. pennsylvanica into Mexico(2)
under bark on dead standing trees(3)
All year under bark
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
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.The Darkling Beetles of Florida and Eastern United States