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Species Phyllobaenus humeralis

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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 Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Cleridae (Checkered Beetles)
Subfamily Hydnocerinae
Genus Phyllobaenus
Species humeralis (Phyllobaenus humeralis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phyllobaenus humeralis (Say)
Orig. Comb: Clerus humeralis Say 1823
Syn: Hydnocera humeralis (Say)
Explanation of Names
Humeralis is a reference to the reddish patch on the humeral angle of the elytra:

(humeral mark not present on all individuals)
Numbers
49 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
Size
3.5-5.5 mm (2)
Range
widely dist. (CA-FL-ME-BC) (2)
Season
mostly May-July in NA (BG data)
mostly Apr-May in c. TX (based on 112 spmns) (3)
Life Cycle
Breeds in the trunks and limbs of oaks and hickory (Mawdsley, 2002), (3)
See Also
Resembles P. pubescens and P. rufipes, both of which lack humeral spots and have uniformly reddish-orange legs.
While Phyllobaenus humeralis is similar in pattern, Necrobia ruficollis is a metallic greenish-blue clerid with orangish humeri, pronotum, and legs. But, N. ruficollis differs significantly in body form and generic characters.
Print References
Mawdsley, J.R. 2002. Ecological notes on species of Cleridae (Coleoptera) associated with the prairie flora of central North America. Great Lakes Entomologist 35: 15-22.
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.The checkered beeltes (Coleoptera: Cleridae) of Florida.
Leavengood, Jr., J.M. 2008. University of Florida, Gainesville. 206 pp.
3.Abundance and distribution of potential arthropod prey species in a typical Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat.
Quinn, M.A. 2000. Unpublished Thesis. Texas A&M University, College Station. ix + 182 pp.