Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Interested in a 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico?

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Previous events


TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

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
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
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'
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: 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.