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

Species Cartodere constricta - Plaster 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 Coccinelloidea
No Taxon (Coccinellid group)
Family Latridiidae (Minute Brown Scavenger Beetles)
Subfamily Latridiinae
Genus Cartodere
No Taxon (subgenus Cartodere)
Species constricta (Plaster Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Latridius constrictus Gyllenhal 1827
Cartodere constricta (Gyllenhal 1827)
1.2–1.8 mm(1)
antennal club appears two-segmented; elytral interstriae 3 & 5 indistinctly ridged
cosmopolitan(2); native to Eurasia, adventive in the New World(1); in our area, across so. Canada and the entire US(3)
often in stored products, incl. grains & dry fruit, in houses, feed mills, and grain elevators; plant detritus (herbaceous vegetation, straw/hay, compost, garbage)(1)(3)(4)
earliest NA record: IL before 1855(1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Latridiidae (Coleoptera) of Atlantic Canada: New records, keys to identification, new synonyms, distribution, and zoogeography
Majka C.G., Langor D., Rücker W.H. 2009. The Canadian Entomologist 141: 317-370.
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.
3.Beetles associated with stored products in Canada: An identification guide
Bousquet Y. 1990. Research Branch Agriculture Canada, Publication 1837.
4.Alien terrestrial arthropods of Europe
Roques A., Kenis M., Lees D., Lopez-Vaamonde C., Rabitsch W., Rasplus J.-Y., Roy D., eds. 2010. BioRisk 4 Special Issue; 2 vols., 1028 pp.
5.PaDIL – High quality images and information tools designed for Biosecurity and Biodiversity
6.Canadian Grain Commission: insect pests of stored grain