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Genus Nodopus

melyrid 2 - Nodopus Soft-winged Flower Beetle - Nodopus flavilabris - male Soft-winged flower beetle - Nodopus Beetle: 2012.04.16.19579 - Nodopus Beetle: 2012.04.16.19579 - Nodopus beetle - Nodopus Beetle - Nodopus - female Soft-winged Flower Beetle - Nodopus cf flavilabris - Nodopus caviceps - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cleroidea
Family Melyridae (Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Subfamily Malachiinae
Tribe Malachiini
Subtribe Ilopina
Genus Nodopus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
reviewed in(1)
Explanation of Names
Nodopus Marshall 1951
5 spp. in our area(2)(3)
N. caviceps Marshall (e. US)
N. tibialis Mayor & Wittmer (GA)
N. erichsonii (LeConte) (MB & e. US)
N. flavilabris (Say) (e. NA)
N. ventralis (Horn) (TX)
In most species the male head is modified, but a few have the tips of the elytra modified into what look like flaps from an envelope. Still others lack any modification of the head or elytra. In the male front legs, the 1st tarsomere is modified into a broad lobe with spicules at the end, and the cluster of short spicules at the apex of tibiae. Fore over a century the species with modified elytra have been treated incorrectly as Anthocomus.
Females are difficult to differentiate from Attalus. In Nodopus, erect setae are absent from the elytra or restricted to a few scattered erect setae near the base of the elytra close to the pronotum. In Attalus females (at least the Eastern U.S. species), the species have erect black setae on the elytra. (A. Mayor, pers.comm. to B Barnd)
eastern forests from Canada to FL & LA (Dr Mayor's comment)
uncommon in collections (Dr Mayor's comment)
Works Cited
1.A review of the genus Nodopus, with a description of a new species from southeastern North America (Coleoptera: Malachiidae)
Mayor A., Wittmer W. 1981. Col. Bull. 35: 473-476.
2.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.
3.Nomenclatorial corrections for Dasytidae and Malachiidae (Coleoptera)
Adriean Mayor. 2003. Insecta Mundi, 17: 85-96.