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Genus Ditemnus

Soldier beetle - Ditemnus - female Cantharid? - Ditemnus what species´╝č - Ditemnus latilobus - male Beetle with spiny thorax - Ditemnus Cantharidae, pronotum - Ditemnus Silis? - Ditemnus Beetle? - Ditemnus bidentatus beetle - Ditemnus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea
Family Cantharidae (Soldier Beetles)
Subfamily Silinae
Tribe Silini
Genus Ditemnus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Long treated as a subgenus of Silis(1)
Explanation of Names
Ditemnus LeConte 1861
Greek 'twice cut'
12 spp. in our area(1)
key to spp. in(2)
New World(1); in our area, 2 spp. widespread in e. US (+ QC & MB), the rest in TX & AZ-CA(2)
Life Cycle
on shrubs and grasses; come to lights(1)
function of male's elaborate pronotal armature unknown(1)
Works Cited
1.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.
2.Revision of the Nearctic species of Silis (Cantharidae: Coleoptera)
Green J.W. 1966. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 32: 447-513.