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Family Cupedidae - Reticulated Beetles

surprise at the lights - Tenomerga cinerea Cool Beetle! - Tenomerga cinerea Priacma serrata Reticulated Beetle - Cupes capitatus Reticulated Beetle - Tenomerga cinerea Priacma? - Priacma serrata Unidentified beetle - Priacma serrata Dascillus sp.? - Priacma serrata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Archostemata (Reticulated and Telephone-pole Beetles)
Family Cupedidae (Reticulated Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Cupedidae Laporte 1836
30 spp. in 9 genera worldwide; 4 genera, with one species each, in our area:(1)
Cupes capitatus e. NA
Tenomerga cinereus e. NA
Priacma serrata w. NA
Prolixocupes lobiceps so. AZ, CA
These beetles have a flattened parallel-sided body, large closely placed elytral punctures, and broad scale-like setae.
Larvae are known to live in fungal-infested wood. Adults may found associated with the larval habitat, and they are sometimes attracted to lights. Adults may also be collected in traps designed to catch wood-boring insects (e.g. Lindgren funnel traps).
Print References
Atkins M.D. (1958) On the phylogeny and biogeography of the family Cupedidae (Coleoptera). The Canadian Entomologist 90: 532-537.
Atkins M.D. (1963) The Cupedidae of the world. The Canadian Entomologist 95: 140-162.
Barber G.W., Ellis W.O. (1920) The Cupedidae of North America north of Mexico. J. N.Y. Ent. Soc. 28: 197-208.
Internet References
Family profile (Hörnschemeyer 2011)
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume I: Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia
Arnett, R.H., Jr., and M. C. Thomas. (eds.). 2000. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.