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Species Mordellistena convicta

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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 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
Author: LeConte, 1862
Length: to apices of elytra, 2.5-3 mm. ; to tip of anal style, 3-3.75 mm. (1)
111 spmns coll. Mar-June in c. TX (2)
Common Ragweed Ambrosia artemisiifolia, Calico Aster Symphyotrichum lateriflorum or Aster vimineus, Goldenrod Solidago in galls of Eurosta solidaginis; Rough Cocklebur Xanthium strumarium.
Life Cycle
The larva may harm the fly Eurosta that makes the goldenrod (Solidago) galls when feeding on gall plant fibers.
Type Locality: Kentucky
Print References
LeConte, J.L. 1862. Synopsis of the Mordellidae of the United States. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 14: 43-51.
New Larval Host Plant Associations of Tumbling Flower Beetles (Coleoptera: Mordellidae) in North America
Everett J. Ford and J. A. Jackman
The Coleopterists Bulletin
Vol. 50, No. 4 (Dec., 1996), pp. 361-368
Internet References
Type - MCZC, Harvard
Works Cited
1.Monograph of the Family Mordellidae (Coleoptera) of North America, North of Mexico
Emil Liljeblad. 1945. University of Michigan Press.
2.Diversity and phenology of tumbling flower beetles (Coleoptera: Mordellidae) captured in a malaise trap.
Jackman and Nelson. 1995. Entomological News 106(3): 97-107.