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Species Orthostethus infuscatus

Large Wireworm - Orthostethus infuscatus Click Beetle - Orthostethus infuscatus BG2218 E4298 - Orthostethus infuscatus Elateridae - Orthostethus infuscatus Elateridae - Orthostethus infuscatus Orthostethus infuscatus Big click beetle - Orthostethus infuscatus Click Beetle - Orthostethus infuscatus
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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Elateridae (Click Beetles)
Subfamily Elaterinae
Tribe Elaterini
Genus Orthostethus
Species infuscatus (Orthostethus infuscatus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orthostethus infuscatus (Germar)
Orig. Comb: Aphanobius infuscatus Germar 1844
Explanation of Names
fuscatus - Latin for dusky
Size
28-35 mm (1)
Identification
Characteristics (1):
large, elongated, body narrowing towards rear
dark reddish to brownish
abundant brownish-yellow setae that lie close to body
antennomere 2 less than 1/2 length of 3, latter shorter, much narrower than 4
pronotum longer than wide, sides parallel on basal 2/3, rounded towards front, rear corners long, sharp, ridged
elytra more finely and densely punctate than pronotum

Most important character in keying from similar species (1):
"sides of the mesosternal cavity are protruding and suddenly declivous anteriorly" as opposed to being either parallel and horizontal or divergent and gradually declivous.
Range
TX-FL-MD-IL / C. to S. Amer. (2), (BG data)
Season
Apr-Sept (mostly) (BG data)
Works Cited
1.The Beetles of Northeastern North America, Vol. 1 and 2.
Downie, N.M., and R.H. Arnett. 1996. The Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, FL.
2. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.