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Species Thanasimus formicarius

Thanasimus formicarius Thanasimus formicarius
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 Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Cleridae (Checkered Beetles)
Subfamily Clerinae
Genus Thanasimus
Species formicarius (Thanasimus formicarius)
Explanation of Names
Thanasimus formicarius (Linnaeus 1758)
native to, and widespread across the Palaearctic(1), once introduced in NA for biocontrol purposes, with scattered collection records across e. Canada (NS-ON), suspected to mostly reflect incidental interceptions(2)(3)
under bark in galleries of other beetles, usually on conifers(1)
mostly beetle larvae(1)
earliest record in our area: 1892 (intentional release to control Dendroctonus frontalis(2)
Works Cited
1.Coleoptera Poloniae
2.New Coleoptera records from New Brunswick, Canada: Trogossitidae, Cleridae, and Melyridae...
Webster R.P., Sweeney J.D., Demerchant I. 2012. Zookeys 179: 141-156.
3.Checklist of beetles (Coleoptera) of Canada and Alaska. Second edition
Bousquet Y., Bouchard P., Davies A.E., Sikes D.S. 2013. ZooKeys 360: 1–402.