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Family Omethidae - False Soldier Beetles

Omethes marginatus Blatchleya gracilis Red Beetle - Matheteus theveneti Cantharid-like beetle - Troglomethes oregonensis Ginglymocladus discoidea Ginglymocladus discoidea Beetle - Omethes marginatus Elateroidea - Omethidae - Blatchleya gracilis
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea
Family Omethidae (False Soldier Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Omethidae LeConte 1861
10 spp. in 7 genera of 2 subfamilies in our area, >30 spp. in 8 genera of 3 subfamilies worldwide (Driloninae, with >20 spp. in a single genus, is Oriental)(1)
Labrum distinct and sclerotized; abdomen lacking paired glandular openings on tergites; both tarsomeres 3 and 4 with bifid ventral lobes.
except for one Oriental genus and the Holarctic Omethus (1 sp. in e. US + 1 sp. in Japan), the rest are endemic to NA, with Blatchleya known from OH-IN-TN and 5 genera restricted to the Pacific states (CA-OR)(1)
mostly taken from foliage during the day; some in forest litter(1)
rarely encountered; biology, incl. feeding habits, is barely known(1)
Internet References
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.Lawrence J.F., et al. (2000-2005) Elateriformia (Coleoptera): descriptions, illustrations, identification...