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Species Blapstinus metallicus

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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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Tenebrioninae
Tribe Opatrini
Genus Blapstinus
Species metallicus (Blapstinus metallicus)
Explanation of Names
Blapstinus metallicus (Fabricius 1801)
Size
3.7-5.5 mm(1)
Identification
Body shining, sometimes slightly metallic; both apical & basal pronotal angles prominent; punctures of elytral striae interrupted, with noticeable sections often missing; wings fully developed(1)
Range
Widely distributed.
State/Province Records:(2)(1)
CAN: AB, MB, NB, NS, ON, PE, QC, SK
USA: CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MD, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, SD, VA, WI, WY
Habitat
Often in swampy areas, beaches, and leaf litter(1)
Works Cited
1.Revision of the genus Blapstinus Sturm of America north of Mexico with notes on extralimital species (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)
J.C. Davis. 1970. Thesis. The Ohio State University.
2.Checklist of beetles (Coleoptera) of Canada and Alaska. Second edition
Bousquet Y., Bouchard P., Davies A.E., Sikes D.S. 2013. ZooKeys 360: 1–402.