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Genus Cantharis

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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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Cantharidae (Soldier Beetles)
Subfamily Cantharinae
Tribe Cantharini
Genus Cantharis
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
NB: Until fairly recently, the genus was treated in the New World in a very broad sense, to include all the nearctic Cantharini
Explanation of Names
Cantharis Linnaeus 1758
Greek κανθαρισ 'blister beetle'(1)
22 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area (all but C. sierrae in the nominate subgenus)(2)
holarctic, incl. much of NA (mostly northern)
Typically found on low herbs and shrubs
Works Cited
1.Composition of scientific words
Brown R.W. 1956. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 882 pp.
2.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.