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Subspecies Tegrodera erosa erosa

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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)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Tribe Eupomphini
Genus Tegrodera (Iron Cross Blister Beetle)
Species erosa (Tegrodera erosa)
Subspecies erosa (Tegrodera erosa erosa)
Explanation of Names
Tegrodera erosa LeConte 1851
Identification
The medial black stripe (across the middle of the elytra) that is present in the other two species of Tegrodera is much shorter (front-to-back) in T. erosa and often is reduced to small spots or absent.
Range
California: In Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego & (barely into) western San Bernardino Counties...south of the Transverse Ranges (San Gabriel & San Bernardino Mnts) and west of the Colorado Desert (Coechella Valley & Anza-Borrego).(1)
Food
Adults primarily feed on plants in the genus Eriastrum. Larval hosts unknown, but presumed parasitic on bees or other hymenoptera.(1)
Works Cited
1.A taxonomic study of the genus Tegrodera (Coleoptera: Meloidae)
Pinto J.D. 1975. The Canadian Entomologist 107: 45-66.