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Genus Neorthopleura

Checkered beetle - Neorthopleura thoracica Beetle - Neorthopleura Neorthopleura texana (Bland) - Neorthopleura texana Checkered Beetle - Neorthopleura thoracica Beetle ID - Neorthopleura thoracica Coleoptera - Neorthopleura thoracica Hairy beetle - Neorthopleura texana clerid beetle - Neorthopleura thoracica
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cleroidea
Family Cleridae (Checkered Beetles)
Subfamily Orthopleurinae
Genus Neorthopleura
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orthopleura auct.
Explanation of Names
Neorthopleura Barr 1976
3 spp. in our area, 27 total(1)
N. binotata (Gorham) AZ to Guatemala
N. texana (Bland) FL-AZ & Mexico
N. thoracica (Say) e. NA
our spp. 3-15 mm(2)
Dark red pronotum, dark brown elytra(2)
antennomeres entirely dark in N. thoracica, funicular segments paler in N. texana. --John Leavengood
New World, mostly neotropical; in our area,
Works Cited
1.Revision of the New World genus Neorthopleura Barr (Coleoptera: Cleridae)
Opitz W. 2013. Ann. Soc. ent. Fr. (N.S.), 49: 1-35.
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.