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Species Carpophilus melanopterus

Carpophilus sp., Yucca Beetle - Carpophilus melanopterus Sap-feeding Beetle - Carpophilus melanopterus Another Carpophilus from yucca flower - Carpophilus melanopterus Nitidulidae - Carpophilus melanopterus Carpophilus melanopterus Carpophilus melanopterus Nitidulidae, on Yucca - Carpophilus melanopterus Carpophilus melanopterus
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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Caplothorax melanopterus over on iNat
Explanation of Names
Carpophilus melanopterus Erichson 1843
3.2-4.5 mm(1)
e. NA, Calif. (QC-FL to ON-IL-TX); CA; Mexico - Map (2)(3)(4), mostly e. US
mostly May-July (BG data)
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.
4.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)