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Genus Aeolus

· - Aeolus · - Aeolus Aeolus trilineatus Candèze - Aeolus trilineatus Aeolus (mellillus?) - Aeolus mellillus click beetle - Aeolus livens Aeolus mellillus? - Aeolus 20161026 OA16 - Aeolus mellillus Elateridae Aeolus mellilus - Aeolus mellillus
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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Elateridae (Click Beetles)
Subfamily Agrypninae
Tribe Oophorini
Genus Aeolus
Explanation of Names
Aeolus Eschscholtz 1829
Numbers
14 spp. in our area(1); 2 spp. in Canada (amabilis; mellillus)(2)
Identification
most species predominantly orange with black markings on elytra and black spot on pronotum; posterior corners of pronotum extended to a sharp point; antennae usually serrate
A. amabailis 4-4.5 mm; A. mellillus 5-7.5 mm
Range
across NA, mostly in e. and s. US(1)
Habitat
adults in grasslands, fields, gardens; larvae live in the soil
Season
adults Apr-Oct
Food
larvae may be a minor pest of corn and potatoes