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Family Melyridae - Soft-winged Flower Beetles

beetle - Collops quadriguttatus - female red and black beetle - Anthocomus equestris Beetle black yellow - Attalus circumscriptus Soft-winged Flower Beetle - Collops tricolor - male Soft-winged Flower Beetle - Collops bipunctatus - female Desert Collops - Collops - female Collops balteatus - female Grey and Black Spotted Beetle - Listrus
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 Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Melyridae (Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Includes Malachiinae and Dasytinae(1), often treated as separate families, esp. by European workers
Explanation of Names
Melyridae Leach 1815
Size
2-7 mm
Identification
Adult: body may have a soft appearance from the numerous erect hairs; front coxae prominent; antennae insert in front of the head above the mandibles; many species have a fleshy lobe between the tarsal claws, and some have orange eversible sacs along the sides of the abdomen that are sometimes visible [adapted from(3)]
Range
worldwide and over most of the US and so. Canada (2 spp. reach NT; none in YT-AK)(1)(4)
Habitat
adults common on flowers; larvae in various habitats, most commonly in soil, leaf litter, or under bark
Food
chiefly insects but food preferences vary; adults evidently feed on flower-visiting insects and pollen, larvae are primarily predators of other insects
Works Cited
1.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.
2.Nomenclatorial corrections for Dasytidae and Malachiidae (Coleoptera)
Adriean Mayor. 2003. Insecta Mundi, 17: 85-96.
3.How to Know the Insects
Roger G. Bland, H.E. Jaques. 1978. WCB/McGraw-Hill.
4.Bousquet Y., ed. (1991) Checklist of the beetles of Canada and Alaska