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Species Carpophilus melanopterus

Sap-feeding Beetle - Carpophilus melanopterus Carpophilus from yucca flowers - Carpophilus melanopterus Carpophilus melanopterus - male - female Nitidulidae - Carpophilus melanopterus odd beetle - Carpophilus melanopterus odd beetle - Carpophilus melanopterus Yucca Beetle - Carpophilus melanopterus Yucca Beetle - Carpophilus melanopterus
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 (Nitidulid series)
Family Nitidulidae (Sap-feeding Beetles)
Subfamily Carpophilinae
Genus Carpophilus
No Taxon (subgenus Caplothorax)
Species melanopterus (Carpophilus melanopterus)
Other Common Names
Yucca beetle
Explanation of Names
Carpophilus melanopterus Erichson 1843
Size
3.2-4.5 mm(1)
Range
QC-FL to ON-IL-TX; CA; Mexico(2)(3)
According to Bugguide contributions these beetles have followed their cultivated host plant, yucca, as far as Ontario, Canada.
Food
host: Yucca; larvae mine base of calyx and corolla(3)
Life Cycle
pupation in soil; adults emerge within weeks but remain in earthen pupal cells until following spring(3)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.An annotated checklist of Wisconsin sap and short-winged flower beetles (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae, Kateretidae)
Price M.B., Young D.K. 2006. Insecta Mundi 20: 69-84.
2.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.
3.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.