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Species Epicauta pennsylvanica - Black Blister Beetle

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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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Tribe Epicautini
Genus Epicauta
No Taxon (subgenus Epicauta)
No Taxon (Cinerea Group)
Species pennsylvanica (Black Blister Beetle)
Other Common Names
Black Aster Bug
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Epicauta pennsylvanica (De Geer, 1775). Synonyms, etc.:
Epicauta pensylvanica (spelling--see note below)
Explanation of Names
From John Pinto: "The original spelling was with one n -- and was a common variant for the state back then -- so I adopted that in my 1991 revision. I probably shouldn't have since the double n had become dominant." (pers. comm. to =v= 11/09/09)
7-15 mm
Long and slender, uniformly dull black with sparse pubescence. Pronotum square-shaped, with rounded anterior angles.
Much of United States
Old fields, etc.
Mostly: Aug-Sept (Full: July-Dec) (BG data)
Associated with Asteraceae, such as goldenrods and asters. Sometimes a pest of crops, such as beets, potatoes, tomatoes.
See Also
Epicauta funebris - Margined Blister Beetle
Print References
Arnett et al. p. 286, fig. 671 (1)
Brimley, p. 161 (2)
Cranshaw, p. 176, p. 177--photo (3)
Dillon and Dillon, p. 295, plate 30 (4)
Papp, p. 104, figs. 325 (adult) 36 (larva), 327 (pupa) (5)
White, p. 273, fig. 117 (6)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.How to Know the Beetles
Ross H. Arnett, N. M. Downie, H. E. Jaques. 1980. Wm. C. Brown Publishers.
2.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
3.Garden Insects of North America : The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs (Princeton Field Guides)
Whitney Cranshaw. 2004. Princeton University Press.
4.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.
5.Introduction to North American Beetles
Charles S. Papp. 1984. Entomography Pubns.
6.Peterson Field Guides: Beetles
Richard E. White. 1983. Houghton Mifflin Company.