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Genus Acropteroxys

Lizard Beetle 2 - Acropteroxys gracilis Small black and red beetle - Acropteroxys gracilis Pleasing Fungus Beetle - Acropteroxys gracilis Slender Lizard Beetle? - Acropteroxys gracilis Coleoptera - Acropteroxys gracilis Long, slim black and red bug - Acropteroxys gracilis Acropteroxys gracilis Acropteroxys gracilis
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 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
Explanation of Names
Acropteroxys Gorham 1887
acro 'pointed' + pteron 'wing'
Numbers
2 spp. in NA (one reaches Canada), 6 total(1)(2)
Size
6-12 mm(1)
Identification
body long and slender, mostly black with red markings on pronotum; apical 4 or 5 segments of antenna clubbed
Range
NA east of the Rockies (north to QC-ON) & Mexico(1)(2)
Habitat
wood edges, roadsides
Season
adults in spring and summer
Food
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(3): 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.