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Species Mordellistena convicta

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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 Mordellidae (Tumbling Flower Beetles)
Tribe Mordellistenini
Genus Mordellistena
Species convicta (Mordellistena convicta)
Explanation of Names
Mordellistena convicta LeConte 1862
Size
Length to apices of elytra 2.5-3 mm, to tip of anal style 3-3.75 mm(1)
Range
e NA (NS-AL to SK-NM)(1)(2)
Food
Common Ragweed Ambrosia artemisiifolia, Calico Aster Symphyotrichum lateriflorum or Aster vimineus, Goldenrod Solidago in galls of Eurosta solidaginis; Rough Cocklebur Xanthium strumarium(3)
Life Cycle
The larva may harm the fly Eurosta that makes the goldenrod (Solidago) galls when feeding on gall plant fibers(3)
Works Cited
1.Monograph of the Family Mordellidae (Coleoptera) of North America, North of Mexico
Emil Liljeblad. 1945. University of Michigan Press.
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.
3.New larval host plant associations of tumbling flower beetles (Coleoptera: Mordellidae) in North America
Ford E.J., Jackman J.A. 1996. Col. Bull. 50: 361-368.