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Species Heterocerus collaris

Variegated Mud-loving Beetle - Heterocerus collaris Heteroceridae - Heterocerus collaris Heteroceridae - Heterocerus collaris Heteroceridae  - Heterocerus collaris Heteroceridae  - Heterocerus collaris H. collaris-like - Heterocerus collaris H. collaris-like - Heterocerus collaris
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 Byrrhoidea (Pill, Water and Toe-winged Beetles)
Family Heteroceridae (Variegated Mud-loving Beetles)
Genus Heterocerus
No Taxon (undatus species-group)
Species collaris (Heterocerus collaris)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dampfius collaris (Kiesenwetter)
Explanation of Names
Heterocerus collaris Kiesenwetter 1851
3.0-4.2 mm(1)
QC-SK to NY-GA-TX; common throughout the e. US (esp. between the Ohio and Illinois rivers north of their junction with the Mississippi River)(1)(2)
Print References
Folkerts G.W. (1989) Egg guarding and its significance in the heterocerid beetle, Dampfius collaris (Kies.) J. Insect Behavior 2: 139-141. access
Works Cited
1.The variegated mud-loving beetles (Heteroceridae) of Mississippi and Alabama, with discussion and keys to se US spp.
King and Lago. 2012. Insecta Mundi 0275: 1-53.
2.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.