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Species Glipa hilaris

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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 Mordellidae (Tumbling Flower Beetles)
Tribe Mordellini
Genus Glipa
Species hilaris (Glipa hilaris)
Other Common Names
'The Gay Tumbler' (?)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Glipa hilaris (Say)
Orig. Comb: Mordella hilaris Say 1835
Explanation of Names
hilar - Latin for 'gay, cheerful' (1)
2 spp. n. of Mex. (2)
Length: to apices of elytra, 8.5-9 mm.; to tip of anal style, 10.5-11 mm. (3)
One of the largest species of Mordellini and is therefore comparatively easy to recognize. It varies a little in the color and markings, but the general pattern is constant. (3)
e. US to TX (2), (4)
mostly: May-July (3), (BG data)
seems to be rather rare (3)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.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.
3.Monograph of the Family Mordellidae (Coleoptera) of North America, North of Mexico
Emil Liljeblad. 1945. University of Michigan Press.
4.Diversity and phenology of tumbling flower beetles (Coleoptera: Mordellidae) captured in a malaise trap.
Jackman and Nelson. 1995. Entomological News 106(3): 97-107.