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Species Chauliognathus marginatus - Margined Leatherwing

Beetle on Milkweed in Petersburg, Virginia - Chauliognathus marginatus Mating Cantharids - Chauliognathus marginatus - male - female Margined Leatherwing? - Chauliognathus marginatus Margined Leatherwing Beetle - Chauliognathus marginatus Beetles - Chauliognathus marginatus - male - female Leatherwing Soldier Beetle? - Chauliognathus marginatus Margined Leatherwing - Chauliognathus marginatus - male - female Flower Beetle? - Chauliognathus marginatus
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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Cantharidae (Soldier Beetles)
Subfamily Chauliognathinae
Tribe Chauliognathini
Genus Chauliognathus
Species marginatus (Margined Leatherwing)
Explanation of Names
Chauliognathus marginatus (Fabricius 1775)
Size
8-11 mm
Identification
very distinctive(1) but color variable
Range
e US (NY-so.ON-NE to FL-TX), Mexico, Bahamas(1)(2)(3)
Habitat
prairies and grasslands(1)
Food
Adult feeds on pollen and nectar; also predatory. Larva is predatory, known to attack corn earworm and corn borer.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.The Cantharidae of Eastern Canada and Northeastern United States
Pelletier G., Hébert C. 2014. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 25.
2.Insects of Ojibway Prairie, a southern Ontario tallgrass prairie
Paiero S.M., Marshall S.A., Pratt P.D., Buck M. 2010. Shorthouse J.D., Floate K.D. (Eds.) Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands, Vol. 1: 199-225.
3.A Distributional Checklist of the Beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida