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Genus Rhaxonycha

Lightening bug?? - Rhaxonycha carolina Soldier Beetle - Rhaxonycha bilobata Soldier beetle - Rhaxonycha bilobata Soldier beetle - Rhaxonycha carolina soldier beetle - Rhaxonycha carolina Cantharidae - Soldier Beetles - Rhaxonycha carolina Elateroidea - Rhaxonycha carolina Rhaxonycha carolina
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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Cantharidae (Soldier Beetles)
Subfamily Cantharinae
Tribe Cantharini
Genus Rhaxonycha
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cantharis carolina-group
Explanation of Names
Rhaxonycha Motschulsky 1860
Numbers
2 spp. in the genus, both in our area(1)
Identification
technical characters from the key to genera in(1):
mandibles simple, not toothed
both claws of all tarsi with an elongate basal tooth and appear to be broadly cleft
Range
e. NA(1)
Habitat
on flowers, foliage(1)
Food
aphids, mirids, also likely nectar/pollen(1)
Remarks
R. bilobata comes to lights(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.