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Species Dytiscus harrisii - Harris's Diving Beetle

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Adephaga (Ground and Water Beetles)
Family Dytiscidae (Predaceous Diving Beetles)
Subfamily Dytiscinae
Genus Dytiscus
Species harrisii (Harris's Diving Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Dytiscus harrisii (Kirby 1837)
Size
32.4-39 mm (1) One of the largest North American dytiscids.
Identification
anterior margin of clypeus bisinuate
underside overall black to piceous except abdominal sternum 1 and anterior metacoxa, which are yellow
Range
transcontinental in Canada, also in the northeastern US and Alaska; most common in the east (in the Great Lakes region), rare in the west.(1)
Food
Predaceous; larvae reported to have a preference for larval caddisflies (See Leclair et al. 1986)
Print References
Leclair R. Jr., Alarie Y. , and Bourassa J-P. 1986. Prey choice in larval Dytiscus harrisii Kirby and D. verticalis Say (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae). Entomologica Basiliensia 11:337-342.
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