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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(1)
Explanation of Names
Tarpela micans (Fabricius 1798)
Size
12-19 mm(2)
Identification
Elytra with rainbow sheen, intervals flat(2)
Range
e NA (QC-GA-AL to IL-*MS)(1)(2)(*BG data)
Habitat
Under loose bark, on tree trunks, in leaf litter, under rotten logs; comes to lights(2)
Season
8.iv-4.vii in VA(2), 16.iv-1.ix in OH(3)
Works Cited
1.Catalogue of Tenebrionidae (Coleoptera) of North America
Yves Bousquet, Donald B. Thomas, Patrice Bouchard, Aaron D. Smith, Rolf L. Aalbu, M. Andrew Johnston, Warren E. Steiner Jr. 2018. ZooKeys 728: 1-455.
2.The Helopini (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) of Virginia
W.E. Steiner, Jr. 2009. Virginia Museum of Natural History Special Publication 16: 331-339.
3.The darkling beetles of Ohio (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)
Triplehorn, C.A. 1952. Thesis, Ohio State University, 159 pp [unpublished].