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Species Cissites auriculata

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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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Nemognathinae
Genus Cissites
Species auriculata (Cissites auriculata)
Other Common Names
Big-eared Blister Beetle
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cissites auriculata (Champion)
Orig. Comb: Horia auriculata Champion 1892
Explanation of Names
auriculata = 'eared' (refers to the protruding temples)
Size
19-37 mm (Champion 1892)
Identification
Range
w. & s. TX to Costa Rica / W. Indies (1)
Food
larval hosts: carpenter bees (Xylocopa, Apidae) (2)
adults are aphagous (lack the ability to feed)
Remarks
First U.S. Record

TEXAS: Brewster Co.
Big Bend Nat'l Park,
2 mi. E. Pummel Peak
1090 m, 19-V-22-VII-1988
Coll'ed by Peter Scott
Print References
Bianchi, F.A. 1962. Notes on the biology of Cissites auriculata (Champion) (Coleoptera: Meloidae). Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 18: 111-119.
Champion, G.C. 1892. Insecta. Coleoptera. Heteromera (part). Pp. 372, Tab 17, Fig. 9 In: F.D. Godman & O. Salvin (editors). Biologia Centrali-Americana. Taylor & Francis, London. 4(2): x + 494 pp.
Enns, W.R. 1958. Distribution records of two American species of Cissites (Coleoptera-Meloidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 12: 61-64.
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn 2011
Type - MCZ, Harvard
Cissites spp. - Meloidae.com
Works Cited
1.A United States record for the genus Cissites Latreille (Coleoptera: Meloidae: Zonitini)
Lewis A.E. 2004. The Coleopterists Bulletin 58: 635-636.
2.The New World genera of Meloidae (Coleoptera): a key and synopsis
Pinto J.D., Bologna M.A. 1999. J. Nat. Hist. 33: 569-620.