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Species Lytta auriculata - Red-eared Blister Beetle

Lytta auriculata - male Lytta auriculata Meloid on spring flowers (Desert Chickory) - Lytta auriculata Lytta auriculata - male - female Lytta auriculata - female 3056  Black Blister (?) Beetle with a Red Back of Head - Lytta auriculata Lytta auriculata? - Lytta auriculata Beetle - Lytta auriculata
Classification
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 Lytta
No Taxon (Subgenus Poreopasta)
No Taxon (Stygica Group)
Species auriculata (Red-eared Blister Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Lytta auriculata Horn 1870
auriculata = 'eared' (a reference to the distinctively colored temples)
Size
6.0-19.0 mm (1)
Identification

Det. M. A. Quinn, 2015
Range
sw US (so. CA to sc. NM) (1)(BG data)
Season
Feb—Jul (1)(BG data)
Print References
Horn, G.H. 1870. Contributions to the coleopterology of the United States. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 3: 69-97.
Internet References
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.