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Genus Trigonopeltastes

Delta Flower Beetle  - Trigonopeltastes delta Delta Flower Scarab? - Trigonopeltastes delta Orange Beetle - Trigonopeltastes delta TX - Trigonopeltastes - Trigonopeltastes delta Delta Flower Scarab - Trigonopeltastes delta - male - female Unknown bug (beetle?) - Trigonopeltastes delta Beetle - Trigonopeltastes delta Delta Flower Beetle with pollinaria - Trigonopeltastes delta
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)
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea (Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles)
Family Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Cetoniinae (Fruit and Flower Chafers)
Tribe Trichiini
Genus Trigonopeltastes
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Trigonopeltastes Burmeister, 1840
Explanation of Names
Trigonopeltastes is from trigono, Greek "triangular", and "peltast" which was a shield used in battle in the ancient world. Or peltast may refer to soldiers who used that shield. (Based on Internet searches.)
Numbers
Two species (T. delta and T. floridanus) are listed for North America on the Nearctica (1) checklists. T. floridanus is local to Florida and somewhat rare. T. delta is widespread in the southeastern US.
Woodruff (1960) lists ten species total for the genus, with two in the United States, seven in Central America, and one recorded from Brazil.
Sixteen species are listed for the neotropical and nearctic regions in the University of Nebraska collection.
Identification
T. floridanus has the delta marking reduced apically - resembles a 'V'
Range
North American species in eastern, esp. southeastern, United States.
Food
Adults take nectar and pollen from flowers.
Print References
Arnett (2)
Woodruff, R.E. (1960). Suppression of the genus Roplisa Casey, with notes on the United States species of Trigonopeltastes Burmeister. Florida Entomologist 43(3): 139-145 (PDF)