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Species Hydrophilus ovatus

Water Scavenger Beetle - Hydrophilus ovatus Hydrophilus triangularis - Hydrophilus ovatus Dytiscidae? - Hydrophilus ovatus Second Hydrophilid - Hydrophilus ovatus Second Hydrophilid - Hydrophilus ovatus Hydrophilus ovatus Hydrophilus - Hydrophilus ovatus Giant Water Scavenger Beetle - Hydrophilus ovatus
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 Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Hydrophiloidea (Water Scavenger and Clown Beetles)
Family Hydrophilidae (Water Scavenger Beetles)
Subfamily Hydrophilinae
Tribe Hydrophilini
Genus Hydrophilus (Giant Water Scavenger Beetles)
Species ovatus (Hydrophilus ovatus)
Explanation of Names
Hydrophilus (Dibolocelus) ovatus (Gemminger & Harold 1868)
Size
30-35 mm(1)
Identification
prosternum bilobed (undivided in Hydrophilus s. str., where other NA spp. belong)(1); body broader and usually smaller than in H. triangularis
Range
e. NA (ON-MI to FL-TX)(2)(3); more common in south
Season
Apr-Nov in SC(4)
Food
larvae feed on snails(1)
Remarks
the only member of the subgen. Dibolocelus in our area(1)
Print References
Archangelsky M., Durand M.E. (1992) Description of the preimaginal stages of Dibolocelus ovatus Gemminger and Harold 1868 (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Hydrophilinae). Aquat. Insects 14: 107-116.
Works Cited
1.The Water Beetles of Florida
Epler J.H. 2010. Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Tallahassee. 414 pp.
2.An Illustrated Inventory of the Beetles (Coleoptera) of Lick Creek Park, College Station, Texas
Edward G. Riley. 2013. Texas A&M University, Dept. Entomology, College Station.
3.Checklist of the Water Beetles of Florida.
Epler, J.H. 2010. Self-published on the Web.
4.Water Beetles of South Carolina
Janet Ciegler. 2003. Clemson University.