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Species Asclera ruficollis - Red-necked False Blister Beetle

Beetle - Asclera ruficollis Asclera ruficollis beetle - Asclera ruficollis beetle 1 - Asclera ruficollis Cantharidae - Soldier Beetles - Asclera ruficollis Asclera ruficollis Oedemeridae, Red-necked False Blister Beetle - Asclera ruficollis Beetle  - Asclera ruficollis
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 Oedemeridae (False Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Oedemerinae
Tribe Asclerini
Genus Asclera
Species ruficollis (Red-necked False Blister Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Asclera ruficollis (Say 1823)
ruficollis = 'red-necked'
Size
5.0-9.0 mm(1)
Identification
all black except dull red pronotum; each elytron with 3 ridges
Range
e NA (NS-FL to ON-NE-AL)(2)(3)
Habitat
woodlands and wood edges; adults frequent wide variety of flowers(4)(5)
Remarks
Often found on spring flowers or foliage.
They have toxic chemical defenses.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.
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.Tenebrionoidea of South Carolina
Janet C. Ciegler. 2014. Clemson University.
4.New Coleoptera records from New Brunswick, Canada: Stenotrachelidae, Oedemeridae, Meloidae, Myceteridae, Boridae, Pythidae...
Webster R.P., Sweeney J.D., Demerchant I. 2012. Zookeys 179: 279-307.
5.Insect visitors of Illinois wildflowers