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Species Attalus serraticornis

tiny orange and black beetle - Attalus serraticornis Attalus serraticornis Fall - Attalus serraticornis Malachiini? - Attalus serraticornis Malachiini? - Attalus serraticornis Malachiini? - Attalus serraticornis Malachiini? - Attalus serraticornis Malachiini? - Attalus serraticornis
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 Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Melyridae (Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Subfamily Malachiinae
Tribe Malachiini
Subtribe Attalina
Genus Attalus
Species serraticornis (Attalus serraticornis)
Explanation of Names
Attalus serraticornis Fall 1917
Identification
easily recognized by the large size and truncate shape of the last segment of the abdomen, and the clearly serrate antennae. This color pattern is found in many species of Attalus and Tanaops. Often the black markings meet and form an hourglass pattern on the elytra. (Adriean Mayor, pers. comm.)
Range
CA-TX-UT-NV / Baja CA N., Mex. - Common throughout all the western deserts (Adriean Mayor, pers. comm.)
Habitat
Can be found on the flowers of many plants, including creosote (Adriean Mayor, pers. comm.)
Print References
Fall, H.C. 1917. Short studies in the Malachiidae. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 43: 67-88.
Internet References
Type - MCZ, Harvard