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For the United States & Canada

Species Lytta magister - Master Blister Beetle

Blister (?)  Beetle - Lytta magister I saw this bug while visiting Zion National Park - Lytta magister Beetles - Lytta magister - male - female Soldier Beetle - Lytta magister Beetle - Lytta magister Lytta magister Horn - Lytta magister Black beetle - Lytta magister Beetle seen while hiking to Murray Canyon near Palm Springs - Lytta magister
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'
16.5-33.0 mm (generally >20 mm) (1)
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)
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.