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Species Nemognatha bifoveata

Nemognatha (Nemognatha) bifoveata Enns - Nemognatha bifoveata Nemognatha (Nemognatha) bifoveata Enns - Nemognatha bifoveata Nemognatha (Nemognatha) bifoveata Enns - Nemognatha bifoveata
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 Nemognathinae
Tribe Nemognathini
Genus Nemognatha
No Taxon (subgenus Nemognatha)
Species bifoveata (Nemognatha bifoveata)
Explanation of Names
Nemognatha (Nemognatha) bifoveata Enns 1956
6-12 mm (1)
Allied to N. piazata but readily distinguished from that species by its shorter galeae, shorter metatibial spurs, erect elytral pubescence and sparser punctation, different color pattern, and deep, elongate oval foveae on the fourth and fifth abdominal sterna of the males. (1)
mostly throughout AZ-TX, OK / Mex. (1)
Apr-Aug (1)
Life Cycle
Flower hosts of adults: Monarda sp.; Monarda citriodora; Monarda pectinata; Monarda punctata; Cats Claw; Daisy; Horsemint. (1)
Bee hosts of larvae: unknown.
Holotype male taken at College Station, Brazos County, Texas, May 20, 1933, by H. J. Reinhard, deposited with the allotype and several paratypes in the collection of Texas A. & M. College. (1)
This species seems to be quite distinct. It is unusual among nemognathines in two respects, first, that there is extremely little color variation, and second, that the adults occur on Monarda. This is the only species known to me which feeds on that genus of plants. (1)
Works Cited
1. A revision of the genera Nemognatha, Zonitis, and Pseudozonitis (Coleoptera, Meloidae) in America north of Mexico, with....
Enns, W.R. 1956. University of Kansas Scientific Bulletin 37(17): 685-909.