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Species Fabogethes nigrescens - Black Pollen Beetle

Ptiliidae - Fabogethes nigrescens Tiny Black Beetle - Fabogethes nigrescens Sap-feeding Beetle? - Fabogethes nigrescens Meligethes nigrescens? - Fabogethes nigrescens Another Kateretidae ? - Fabogethes nigrescens Pollen Beetle - Fabogethes nigrescens Nitidulidae - Fabogethes nigrescens Fabogethes nigrescens
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 Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
No Taxon (Nitidulid series)
Family Nitidulidae (Sap-feeding Beetles)
Subfamily Meligethinae (Pollen Beetles)
Genus Fabogethes
Species nigrescens (Black Pollen Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Meligethes nigrescens
Explanation of Names
Fabogethes nigrescens (Stephens 1830)
Holarctic: transcontinental in n. NA south to VA-KY-OR; w. Europe to Siberia(1)(BG data); adventive in NA, according to other sources(2)
open habitats(1)
North America's most commonly encountered meligethine species. Yes, there are a few other species, but it seems like 9 times out of 10 they are nigrescens. --Andy Cline
Works Cited
1.Nitidulidae and Kateretidae of the Maritime Provinces of Canada 1: New records from Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island...
Majka C.G., Cline A.R. 2006. The Canadian Entomologist 138: 314-332.
2.Preliminary re-examination of genus-level taxonomy of the pollen beetle subfamily Meligethinae (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae)
Audisio P., Cline A.R., De Biase A., et al. 2009. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 49: 341–504.