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Species Conotelus obscurus - Obscure Sap Beetle

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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 (Nitidulid series)
Family Nitidulidae (Sap-feeding Beetles)
Subfamily Cillaeinae
Genus Conotelus
Species obscurus (Obscure Sap Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Conotelus obscurus Erichson 1843
obscurus = 'dark, dusky, indistinct'
Size
3.5-4.5 mm(1)
Range
e. NA (NB-MB-CO south to GA-MS-AR); the widest-ranging species of the genus in our area, and the only one present north of NC-OK-NM(1)
Habitat
Adults on flowers, especially dogwoods (Cornus)(2); also on Asclepias syriaca flwrs(3); often in tubular flowers
Season
Jun-Sep(1)
Remarks
in so. US feeds inside cotton blossoms
Works Cited
1.A revision of Neartic Nitidulidae (Coleoptera)
Parsons C.T. 1943. Bull. comp. Zool. 92: 121-278.
2.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.
3.Survey of Coleoptera collected on the common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, at one site in Ohio
Dailey, P.J., R.C. Graves and J.M. Kingsolver. 1978. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 32(3): 223-229.