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Species Epicauta atrata

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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 (Sericans Group)
Species atrata (Epicauta atrata)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Epicauta atrata (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Lytta atrata Fabricius 1775
Explanation of Names
atrata = 'blackish'
6-13 mm(1)
head color generally reddish, but may be entirely black (2)
e. NA (NJ-FL to MB-WY-NE-TX) to n. Mex. (1)
Life Cycle
E. atrata was reared to the coarctate phase of the larval stage on diets consisting of eggs of several Epicauta spp. (Selander 1982)
See Also
black form similar to closely related E. pennsylvanica (2)
Works Cited
1.Blister beetles (Coleoptera: Meloidae) of Wisconsin: distribution and ecology
Marschalek D.A. 2013. University of Wisconsin - Madison. PhD dissertation. viii+349 pp.
2.The Meloidae (Coleoptera) of Texas
Dillon, Lawrence S. 1952. American Midland Naturalist, Vol. 48, No. 2:330-420.