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Species Tarpela micans

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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 Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Tenebrioninae
Tribe Helopini
Genus Tarpela
Species micans (Tarpela micans)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tarpela vittata (Olivier 1793) nomen oblitum
Explanation of Names
Tarpela micans (Fabricius)
Size
12-19 mm(1)
Identification
Elytra with rainbow sheen. Intervals flat, not convex.(1)
Range
Eastern USA and southern Canada.

State/Province Records:(2)(3)(1)[cite:663404](4)(5)
CAN: ON, QC
USA: AL, CT, GA, IN, KY, MA, MD, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV
Habitat
Active at night; comes to lights. Has been found under loose bark, on tree trunks, in leaf litter, and under rotten logs.(3)(1)
Season
8.iv-4.vii in VA(1), 16.iv-1.ix in OH(6)
Life Cycle
Larvae have been found in humus underneath a rotten log. (1)
Works Cited
1.The Helopini (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) of Virginia
W.E. Steiner, Jr. 2009. Virginia Museum of Natural History Special Publication 16: 331-339.
2.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.
3.The Beetles of Northeastern North America, Vol. 1 and 2.
Downie, N.M., and R.H. Arnett. 1996. The Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, FL.
4.University of New Hampshire Insect and Arachnid Collections
5.Tarpela micans
6.The darkling beetles of Ohio (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)
Triplehorn, C.A. 1952. Thesis, Ohio State University, 159 pp [unpublished].