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Species Sandalus niger - Cedar Beetle

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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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Dascilloidea (Soft-bodied Plant and Cicada Parasite Beetles)
Family Rhipiceridae (Cicada Parasite Beetles)
Genus Sandalus
Species niger (Cedar Beetle)
Other Common Names
Cicada Parasite Beetle (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sandalus niger Knoch 1801
5 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
e US (BG data) (not FL (2))
mostly: Sept-Oct (BG data)
Life Cycle
Larvae probably feed on Cicada nymphs. Adults very short lived.
Print References
Elzinga, R.J. 1977. Observations on Sandalus niger Knoch (Coleoptera: Sandalidae) with a Description of the Triungulin Larva. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 50(3): 324-328. (JSTOR)
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. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.