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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Nemognatha nigripennis

'Mosquito beetle' - Nemognatha nigripennis Red-Orange Beetle - Nemognatha nigripennis Small Nemognatha - Nemognatha nigripennis unkn beetle - Nemognatha nigripennis probable Cantharid - Nemognatha nigripennis Leatherwing beetle? - Nemognatha nigripennis Epicauta? - Nemognatha nigripennis Nemognatha nigripennis LeConte - Nemognatha nigripennis
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
Tribe Nemognathini
Genus Nemognatha
No Taxon (subgenus Pauronemognatha)
Species nigripennis (Nemognatha nigripennis)
Explanation of Names
Nemognatha nigripennis LeConte 1853
Size
5-10 mm(1)
Range
w US (OR-CA-w.TX-CO) (1)
Season
Mar-Oct (1)
Food
Flower hosts of adults: Eriogonum sp., E. fasciculatum, E. umbcllatum, E. elongation, Gerca canescens, Pluchea sericea, P. sericans, Erigcron stenophyllum, Aster sp., Solidago californica, Cirsiuin californicum, Chrysothamnus sp., Grindelia patens, G. camporum, Pctalonyx tliurbcri, Bailey a multiradiata, Cliaenactis carphoclinia, Bahia pedata, Asclepias sp.
Bee hosts of larvae: reared from cells of Dianthidium, Megachile, Hoplitis (1)
See Also
Resembles N. nemorensis but is readily distinguishable by its more elongate pronotum and short mandibles. Furthermore, this is a western species whereas nemorensis is eastern in distribution. (1)
Internet References
Type - MCZ, Harvard
Works Cited
1. A revision of the genera Nemognatha, Zonitis, and Pseudozonitis (Coleoptera, Meloidae) in America north of Mexico, with....
Enns, W.R. 1956. University of Kansas Scientific Bulletin 37(17): 685-909.