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Species Lytta magister - Master Blister Beetle

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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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Genus Lytta
No Taxon (Subgenus Paralytta)
No Taxon (Magister Group)
Species magister (Master Blister Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Lytta magister Horn 1870
magister = 'teacher, master'
Size
16.5-33.0 mm (generally >20 mm) (1)
Range
sw US (CA-AZ-UT-NV) (BG data)
Lower elevations in so. CA, so. AZ & nw. Sonora, north along the Colorado River and its tributaries to the Grand Canyon and sw. UT(1)
Season
Feb-Oct (1)
Print References
Horn, G.H. 1870. Contributions to the coleopterology of the United States. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 3: 69-97.
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.