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Species Acropteroxys gracilis - Slender Lizard Beetle

Small black and red beetle - Acropteroxys gracilis Small black and red beetle - Acropteroxys gracilis 6010961 Acropteroxys - Acropteroxys gracilis Languria  - Acropteroxys gracilis Slender Lizard Beetle - Acropteroxys gracilis Beetle - Acropteroxys gracilis Acropteroxys gracilis Beetle - 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
Species gracilis (Slender Lizard Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Languria divisa Horn 1885
Explanation of Names
Acropteroxys gracilis (Newman 1838)
gracilis 'slender'
Size
6-12 mm(1)
Identification
narrower and shorter than A. lecontei, with elytra more pointed and the intervals more sparsely punctate; thoracic mark, when present, is never in the center of the thorax(1)
Range
e NA to AZ - Map (2)
Habitat
primarily associated with Ambrosia spp. (Majka et al. 2010), e.g. common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia, Asteraceae) (Piper 1978)
also hosts in Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis, Asteraceae) (BG data):
Season
Jan-Oct(1)
See Also
Acropteroxys lecontei Crotch
Print References
Majka C.G., Migneault R., Webster R.P. (2010) Acropteroxys gracilis (Newman): the first reports of a lizard beetle (Coleoptera: Erotylidae: Languriinae) in the Maritime provinces of Canada. J. Acadian Ent. Soc. 6: 28–29. (Full text)
Piper G.L. (1978) Life history of Acropteroxys gracilis (Coleoptera: Languriidae) on common ragweed in northeastern Ohio. Ohio J. Sci. 78: 304–309. (Full text)