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Genus Silis

Meloidae blister beetle? - Silis spathulata - male Red and  brown beetle - Silis Silis percomis - female beetle - Silis Beetle - Silis Silis of sorts.... - Silis Soldier Beetle - Silinae - Silis Silis of sorts? - Silis
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea
Family Cantharidae (Soldier Beetles)
Subfamily Silinae
Tribe Silini
Genus Silis
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ditemnus, formerly treated as a subgenus of Silis, is now considered a valid genus
Explanation of Names
Silis Charpentier 1825
~70 spp. in our area, esp. diverse in montane w. NA (40 spp. in CA alone); several more in the Palaearctic(1)
key to spp. in (2)
throughout the US and so. Canada; also occurs throughout Eurasia, in the tropics, and in smaller numbers in other parts of the world
adults on flowers and foliage in woodlands; larvae in leaf litter
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.Revision of the Nearctic species of Silis (Cantharidae: Coleoptera)
Green J.W. 1966. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 32: 447-513.