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Genus Antherophagus

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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 Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
No Taxon (Cucujid series)
Family Cryptophagidae (Silken Fungus Beetles)
Subfamily Cryptophaginae
Tribe Cryptophagini
Genus Antherophagus
Explanation of Names
Antherophagus Dejean 1821
Greek 'flower-eater'
Numbers
at least 4 spp. in our area(1)
Size
at 3.3-5.0 mm, the largest members of the family in our area
Identification
key to ne. spp. in(2)
Range
across Canada and n. US south to PA-IN-UT-WA(3)
Habitat
bumblebee nests; adults often on flowers(3); also in beehives
Food
larvae apparently feed on organic detritus in bumblebee nests(4)
Remarks
Adults sometimes cling to the mouthparts/antennae/legs of bumblebees to be carried to the nests(4)
Print References
Parks, R. 2017. An observation of the beetle Antherophagus (Coleoptera: Cryptophagidae) interacting with Bombus appositus Cresson (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Entomological News, 126(3): 213-215.
Works Cited
1.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.
2.Contributions towards an understanding of the Cryptophaginae (Coleoptera: Cryptophagidae) of Atlantic Canada
Majka C.G., Langor D. 2010. ZooKeys 35: 13-35.
3.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.
4.A review of the North American genera of Cryptophaginae (Coleoptera: Cryptophagidae)
Bousquet Y. 1989. Col. Bull. 43: 1–17.