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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Malthinus

Soldier Beetle - Malthinus occipitalis Soldier Beetle - Malthinus Malthinus occipitalis? - Malthinus occipitalis beetle - Malthinus difficilis Mating soldier beetles - Malthinus occipitalis - male - female Malthinus occipitalis atripennis LeConte - Malthinus occipitalis Malthinus occipitalis? - Malthinus occipitalis Malthinus occipitalis? - Malthinus occipitalis
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 Malthininae
Tribe Malthinini
Genus Malthinus
Explanation of Names
Malthinus Latreille 1806
Greek 'soft, pliant'
3 spp. in our area(1), ~300 worldwide(2)
Key to spp. in(2)
by far most diverse in Eurasia; in our area, e. NA to TX(1)
on foliage in moist or boggy situations, usually in close proximity to water(1)
Small and secretive, habits poorly understood(1)
Works Cited
1.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.
2.Remarks on a few species of Malthinus Latreille (Coleoptera: Cantharidae: Malthini) from the United States
Wittmer W. 1980. Col. Bull. 34: 271-279.