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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Heteroderes amplicollis - Gulf Wireworm

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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 Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Elateridae (Click Beetles)
Subfamily Agrypninae
Tribe Oophorini
Genus Heteroderes
Species amplicollis (Gulf Wireworm)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Conoderus amplicollis (Gyllenhal), Heteroderes nicholsi Notman, Heteroderes laurentii auct. not Guérin-Méneville
Explanation of Names
Heteroderes amplicollis (Gyllenhal 1817)
introduced to so. US (NC-FL-TX, CA)(1), widespread neotropical species
Life Cycle
Larvae are alleged to be damaging pests of agricultural herbs and sweet potatoes, damaging roots and carrying pathogens
Works Cited
1. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.