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Genus Rhagonycha

Rhagonycha oriflava (LeConte) - Rhagonycha oriflava Rhagonycha scitula (Say) - Rhagonycha scitula Soldier Beetle - Rhagonycha fraxini Soldier Beetle - Rhagonycha hirticula 8034989 Cantharid - Rhagonycha mollis Soldier Beetle - Rhagonycha Rhagonycha Rhagonycha recta? - Rhagonycha
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea
Family Cantharidae (Soldier Beetles)
Subfamily Cantharinae
Tribe Cantharini
Genus Rhagonycha
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
our species formerly treated in Cantharis, like most all members of this tribe
Explanation of Names
Rhagonycha Eschscholtz 1830
Greek rhag- 'broken' + onyx 'claw'
~50 spp. in our area(1) (several unnamed)
Holarctic genus; most of NA (more diverse in e. US)(1)
predaceous on other insects; also reported to take nectar(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.