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Genus Pyrota

KS Beetle - Pyrota, Perhaps? - Pyrota bilineata Pyrota insulata - Yellow-crescent Blister Beetle ? - Pyrota insulata Pyrota on wall - Pyrota palpalis - male Pyrota akhurstiana? - Pyrota akhurstiana Pyrota akhurstiana? - Pyrota akhurstiana Yellow Crescent - Pyrota insulata Pyrota obliquefascia? - Pyrota obliquefascia * - Pyrota insulata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Genus Pyrota
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Our fauna revised in (1)(2)(3)(4)
Explanation of Names
Pyrota Dejean 1834
27 spp. in our area, >40 total(5); 14 spp. of our fauna are assigned to species-groups; the rest are not (J.D. Pinto, pers. comm. to =v= 27.iii.2013)
US (north to MA-IL-MT) to Argentina(5)
Several Pyrota spp. have been reared on honey bee larvae and provisions(5)
"I don't believe there is a single larval host record for a Pyrota." (John Pinto, pers. comm. to MAQ, 2015)
Our only representative of the New World tribe Pyrotini MacSwain 1956, that contains a total of 10 genera and ~100 spp.(5)
Works Cited
1.A revision of the genus Pyrota. I. The Mylabrina Group (Coleoptera: Meloidae)
Selander R.B. 1982. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 55: 665-717.
2.A revision of the genus Pyrota. II. The Postica Group (Coleoptera, Meloidae)
Selander R.B. 1983. Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 85: 69-85.
3.A revision of the genus Pyrota. III. The Pacifica and Nobilis groups (Coleoptera, Meloidae)
Selander R.B. 1982. Trans. Am. Ent. Soc. 108: 459-478.
4.A revision of the genus Pyrota. IV. The Tenuicostatis group (Coleoptera, Meloidae).
Selander, R.B. 1983. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society. 56(1): 1-19.
5.The New World genera of Meloidae (Coleoptera): a key and synopsis
Pinto J.D., Bologna M.A. 1999. J. Nat. Hist. 33: 569-620.