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For the United States & Canada

Genus Ditemnus

beetle to ID - Ditemnus latilobus Soldier Beetle (Ditemnus sp.) - Ditemnus latilobus Ditemnus - Ditemnus bidentatus - male Leaf Beetle 031615 - Ditemnus bidentatus Ditemnus perforatus (LeConte) - Ditemnus perforatus Ditemnus? - Ditemnus Ditemnus bidentatus Ditemnus bidentatus
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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
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'
Numbers
12 spp. in our area(1)
Identification
key to spp. in(2)
Range
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)
Remarks
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.