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Genus Lytta

Unknown bug 3 on photinia blossoms - Lytta aenea Catherine Creek Beetle 2 - Lytta stygica Blister Beetles - Lytta aenea - male - female Blister Beetle - Nuttall's? - Lytta Meloid - Lytta crotchii Lytta aenea? - Lytta Lytta aenea - Lytta Blister Beetle on grape vine - Lytta aenea
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 Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Genus Lytta
Explanation of Names
Lytta Fabricius 1775
From Greek lytta, lyssa (λυττα, λυσσα) 'madness, rage' (refers to the toxic properties of these beetles)
47 spp. in 4 subgenera in our area(1), ~70 in the Nearctic Region(2), ~110 total (arranged into 9 subgenera)(3); 3 spp. in the northeast (L. aenea, L. sayi, L. unguicularis)(4)
7-27 mm
unlike in Epicauta, no hairy patch on underside of profemora(5) and antennae submoniliform(6):

vs more thread-like in Epicauta:

key to spp. of our fauna in Selander (1960)(1)
Holarctic(3); in our area, most diverse in w. US(2)
Larvae in bee nests(5)
larval hosts: bees, esp. Anthophoridae, Megachilidae, Halictidae, Colletidae (3)
adults eat foliage, flowers, pollen, and fruit
our only representative of the tribe Lyttini Solier 1851, that contains 7 genera in the New World alone(3)
See Also
Works Cited
1.Bionomics, systematics and phylogeny of Lytta, a genus of blister beetles (Coleoptera: Meloidae).
Selander, R.B. 1960. Illinois Biological Monographs, No. 28, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.
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.The New World genera of Meloidae (Coleoptera): a key and synopsis
Pinto J.D., Bologna M.A. 1999. J. Nat. Hist. 33: 569-620.
4.The Beetles of Northeastern North America, Vol. 1 and 2.
Downie, N.M., and R.H. Arnett. 1996. The Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, FL.
5.Peterson Field Guides: Beetles
Richard E. White. 1983. Houghton Mifflin Company.
6.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.