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Species Lytta nuttalli - Nuttall's Blister Beetle

Beetle in the Black Hills - Lytta nuttalli Meloid - Lytta nuttalli Blister Beetle - Lytta nuttalli Blister Beetle - Lytta nuttalli Lytta nutalli - Lytta nuttalli Large Green and Maroon Beetle - Lytta nuttalli Unknown insect - Lytta nuttalli Found colorful bug on step. What is it? - Lytta nuttalli
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)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Genus Lytta
No Taxon (Subgenus Poreopasta)
No Taxon (Moerens Group)
No Taxon (Cyanipennis Subgroup)
Species nuttalli (Nuttall's Blister Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Lytta nuttalli Say 1824
Size
7-21 mm(1)
Identification
variable
Range
w. NA (AB-MB to MN-NM-e.CA); limited to higher elevations in the southern half of the range (the Sierra Nevada population appears to be disjunct from the main range)(1)
Season
Jun-Sep(1)
Food
Adults feed on legumes, other forbs
Remarks
first collected by Say along the Colorado Front Range where some of the local bushes "were loaded" with this sp. (2)
Works Cited
1.Bionomics, systematics and phylogeny of Lytta, a genus of blister beetles (Coleoptera: Meloidae).
Selander, R.B. 1960. Illinois Biological Monographs, No. 28, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.
2.The Natural History of the Long Expedition to the Rocky Mountains (1819-1820).
Evans, H.E. 1997. Oxford University Press, xii + 268 pp.