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Species Triplax festiva

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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 Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
No Taxon (Erotylid series)
Family Erotylidae (Pleasing Fungus Beetles)
Subfamily Erotylinae (Pleasing Fungus Beetles)
Tribe Tritomini
Genus Triplax
Species festiva (Triplax festiva)
Explanation of Names
Triplax festiva Lacordaire 1842
festiva = 'colorful, festive'
Size
4.4-6.5 mm (Goodrich & Skelley 1993)
Identification
color pattern unique among our erotylids
Range
e NA (QC-FL to MI-TX)(1)(2)
Habitat
in woodlands on bracket fungi; sometimes in surrounding leaf litter
Food
larvae and adults feed on Inonotus polypore
Print References
Goodrich M.A., Skelley P.E. (1993) The pleasing fungus beetles of Illinois (Coleoptera: Erotylidae). Part II. Triplacinae - Triplax and Ischyrus. Trans. Illinois State Acad. Sci. 84: 153-171. (Full text)
Works Cited
1.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.
2.The Beetles of Northeastern North America, Vol. 1 and 2.
Downie, N.M., and R.H. Arnett. 1996. The Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, FL.