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Genus Acropteroxys

Lizard Beetle, Languriidae, possibly Acropteryx gracilis - Acropteroxys gracilis Acropteroxys gracilis Slender Lizard Beetle - Acropteroxys gracilis Beetle - Acropteroxys gracilis Slender Lizard Beetle - Acropteroxys gracilis Is this a beetle - Acropteroxys gracilis Stem-dwelling beetle - Acropteroxys gracilis Acropteroxys gracilis divisa? - Acropteroxys gracilis
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 Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
No Taxon (Erotylid series)
Family Erotylidae (Pleasing Fungus Beetles)
Subfamily Erotylinae (Pleasing Fungus Beetles)
Tribe Languriini (Lizard Beetles)
Genus Acropteroxys
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
genus misspelled Acropteryx at U. of Minnesota's Insects of Cedar Creek which hasn't been updated since May 2000
Explanation of Names
Acropteroxys Gorham 1887
acro 'pointed' + pteron 'wing'
2 spp. in NA (one reaches Canada), 6 total(1)(2)
6-12 mm(1)
body long and slender, mostly black with red markings on pronotum; apical 4 or 5 segments of antenna clubbed
NA east of the Rockies (north to QC-ON) & Mexico(1)(2)
wood edges, roadsides
adults in spring and summer
larvae bore into stems of various herbaceous plants
adults feed on pollen and leaves of herbaceous plants
Works Cited
1.A review of the North American Languriidae
Vaurie P. 1948. Bull. AMNH 92: 119-156.
2.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.