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Genus Laccophilus

Laccophilus fasciatus Aube - Laccophilus fasciatus Laccophilus maculosus decipiens - Laccophilus maculosus Dytiscid - Laccophilus maculosus 9019620 Laccophilus - Laccophilus fasciatus Hydrophilidae? - Laccophilus maculosus Hydrophilidae? - Laccophilus maculosus Laccophilus maculosus Laccophilus fasciatus? - Laccophilus fasciatus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Adephaga (Ground and Water Beetles)
Family Dytiscidae (Predaceous Diving Beetles)
Subfamily Laccophilinae
Genus Laccophilus
Explanation of Names
Laccophilus Leach 1817
14 spp. in NA(1)
1.9-7.2 mm(1)
No visible scutellum
visible 5-segmented front and mesotarsi (unlike Hydroporinae, whose members have 4 visible tarsal segments- the 5th is hidden)
tip of metatibial (hind tibia) spurs emarginated (notched) - separates from Laccodytes which has the tip of the spurs acute (pointed)
colour generally yellow to black, many with distinct blotches/maculations on the elytra, these may be solid or variously irrorate (freckled)
widespread across North America, although generally more diverse in the southern US (1)
mainly in standing water, some in sluggish streams(1); relatively open pools and ponds in forested and grassland areas(2)
Life Cycle
Univoltine; adults overwinter, larvae develop and mature in spring and summer(1)
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