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Genus Litargus

beetle from inside gall - Litargus tetraspilotus Small, dark beetle with light spots - Litargus sexpunctatus Little 6-Spotted Beetle - Litargus sexpunctatus Litargus tetraspilotus Litargus tetraspilotus Mycetophagid? - Litargus didesmus Beetle - Litargus tetraspilotus Litargus tetraspilotus
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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Mycetophagidae (Hairy Fungus Beetles)
Genus Litargus
6 spp. in our area(1)
most diverse in the eastern half of NA, as follows(1):
L. balteatus widespread throughout N/A
4 eastern spp.: L. didesmus (west to ND-TX); L. nebulosus (west to UT-NM); L. sexpunctatus (west to NE-TX); L. tetraspilotus (west to IA-TX)
L. grandis -- known from the Huachuca Mts., AZ only
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.