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Species Urophorus humeralis - Pineapple Beetle

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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 Carpophilinae
Genus Urophorus
Species humeralis (Pineapple Beetle)
Other Common Names
Pineapple Bug, Yellow-shouldered Souring Beetle, Pineapple Souring Beetle
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Carpophilus humeralis
Explanation of Names
Urophorus humeralis (Fabricius 1798)
3.0-4.5 mm(1); one of the largest nitidulids attacking dried fruit(2)
adult habitus photos: 1, 2
native to tropical Asia, now almost cosmopolitan(3); in our area, so. US(4)
dried fruit & vegetables(3)
considered an agricultural pest in many warmer parts of the world; feeds on ripe fruit, transmits plant disease, and contaminates commercial products
the most common nitidulid in sugarcane fields where it feeds on wounds created by other insects (but it's not considered a pest of cane); attacks a wide variety of fruits and grains(1)
Works Cited
1.Key to adventive sap beetles (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) in Hawaii, with notes on records and habits
Ewing C.P., Cline A.R. 2005. Col. Bull. 59: 167-183.
2.Handbook of urban insects and arachnids: A handbook of urban entomology
Robinson W.H. 2005. Cambridge University Press.
3.Coleoptera families other than Cerambycidae, Curculionidae sensu lato, Chrysomelidae sensu lato and Coccinelidae -- Chapter 8.5
Denux O., Zagatti P. 2010. BioRisk 4: 315–406.
4.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.