Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

National Moth Week photos of insects and people. Here's how to add your images.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


Genus Akalyptoischion

Akalyptoischion sp. - Akalyptoischion chandleri Akalyptoischion dyskritos Akalyptoischion chandleri, dorsal - Akalyptoischion chandleri Akalyptoischion chandleri, ventral - Akalyptoischion chandleri Akalyptoischion quadrifoveolata, dorsal - Akalyptoischion quadrifoveolata Akalyptoischion quadrifoveolata,  metasternum and ventrite 1 - Akalyptoischion quadrifoveolata Akalyptoischion quadrifoveolata, dorso-lateral left elytron  - Akalyptoischion quadrifoveolata Akalyptoischion quadrifoveolata, dorsal head and pronotum  - Akalyptoischion quadrifoveolata
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 Coccinelloidea
No Taxon (Coccinellid group)
Family Akalyptoischiidae (Akalyptoischiid Scavenger Beetles)
Genus Akalyptoischion
Explanation of Names
Akalyptoischion Andrews 1976
24 spp. in the genus, all in our area (all but 8 spp. described in 2007)(1)(2)
w. US (ID-OR to TX-CA) and Mexico(1)
associated most often with oak leaf litter; also in wood rat (Neotoma) nest litter(1)
Adults flightless(1)
Works Cited
1.Phylogenetic analysis of the minute brown scavenger beetles (Coleoptera: Latridiidae), and recognition of a new beetle family...
Lord N.P., Hartley C.S., Lawrence J.F., McHugh J.V., Whiting M.F., Miller K.B. 2010. Systematic Entomology 35: 753-763.
2.A taxonomic revision of the genus Akalyptoischion Andrews (Coleoptera: Latridiidae)
Hartley C.S., Andrews F.G., McHugh J.V. 2007. Col. Bull. 61: 1-50.