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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Pyrota

Pyrota tenuicostatis (Dugès) - Pyrota tenuicostatis Black Beetle  - Pyrota akhurstiana Pyrota tenuicostatis Meloid on Helianthus petiolaris (prairie sunflower), southern Colorado. - Pyrota bilineata Pyrota akhurstiana? - Pyrota akhurstiana Pyrota palpalis? - Pyrota Pyrota bilineata? - Pyrota bilineata Pyrota fasciata from Central TX - Pyrota fasciata
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 Pyrota
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Our fauna revised in(1)(2)(3)(4)
Explanation of Names
Pyrota Dejean 1834
Numbers
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)
Range
US (north to MA-IL-MT) to Argentina(5)
Food
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)
Remarks
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.