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Genus Dictyoptera

Golden Net-winged Beetle - Dictyoptera aurora Dictypoterus simplicipes? - Dictyoptera simplicipes Net-winged beetle - Dictyoptera simplicipes - female Lycidae 6-22-11 01b - Dictyoptera simplicipes red net-winged beetle - Dictyoptera simplicipes Beetle - Dictyoptera simplicipes Lycid? - Dictyoptera simplicipes Dictyoptera aurora
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 Lycidae (Net-winged Beetles)
Subfamily Erotinae
Genus Dictyoptera
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dictyopterus Mulsant 1838
The name is surrounded by much confusion: "As for the spelling... the earliest I have is Panzer (1793) who spelled it Dictyopterus, then Say (1824) who spelled it Dictyopterus too, for US species, then came Guérin-Méneville (1829) who spelled it Dictyoptera. Both spellings have been bounced around through two centuries now. I don't know if there's a contemporary resolution to it, although Bocak, Bocakova and Kazantsev, world authorities, spell it Dictyoptera." (J.M. Cicero's comment)
Dictyoptera is also used sometimes (not on BG) as the name for a taxon that includes mantids, cockroaches, and termites
Explanation of Names
Dictyoptera Latreille 1829
from Greek diktyon 'net' + pteron 'wing'(1)
2 spp. (of which one holarctic) in our area, 15 total(2)
Holarctic & Oriental, most diverse in E/SE Asia; in our area, across NA north to LB-NT-AK (D. aurora transcontinental, D. simplicipes western)(2)(3)(4)
coniferous and mixed coniferous forests(4)
Works Cited
1.Composition of scientific words
Brown R.W. 1956. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 882 pp.
2.Phylogeny of the tribe Erotini (Coleoptera, Lycidae), with descriptions of new taxa
Kazantsev S.V. 2004. Zootaxa 496: 1–48.
3.Checklist of beetles (Coleoptera) of Canada and Alaska. Second edition
Bousquet Y., Bouchard P., Davies A.E., Sikes D.S. 2013. ZooKeys 360: 1–402.
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.