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Species Malthinus occipitalis

Malthinus occipitalis atripennis - Malthinus occipitalis Malthinus occipitalis LeConte - Malthinus occipitalis Malthinus occipitalis LeConte - Malthinus occipitalis Mating soldier beetles - Malthinus occipitalis - male - female Malthinus occipitalis atripennis LeConte - Malthinus occipitalis Malthinus occipitalis LeConte - Malthinus occipitalis Malthinus occipitalis LeConte - Malthinus occipitalis Malthinus occipitalis? - Malthinus occipitalis
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 Malthininae
Tribe Malthinini
Genus Malthinus
Species occipitalis (Malthinus occipitalis)
Other Common Names
Yellow-tipped Soldier Beetle
Explanation of Names
Malthinus occipitalis LeConte 1851
occiput - Latin for the back of the head (1)
Numbers
3 spp. n. of Mex. (2)
Identification

Det. M. A. Quinn, 2010
Range
e. N. Amer. (TX-FL-QC-OH) (Wittmer 1980)
Habitat
Mostly beaten from oak (Quercus) (Wittmer 1980) and elm (Ulmus) (3)
Season
mostly Apr-May (3)(BG Data)
Food
Most spmns beaten from Oak - Quercus (Wittmer 1980)
Remarks
Originally described from 3 female spmns from South Carolina, however no usable characters for identification of females have been found, thus it is not possible to interpret this species unequivocally.
See Also

Malthinus occipitalis atripennis LeConte
Det. M. A. Quinn, 2012
Print References
Brimley, p. 156--notes from lower elevations of North Carolina in May, mountains in July (4)
LeConte, J.L. 1851(1852). Synopsis of the Lampyrides of temperate North America. Proceedings of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences 5: 331-347.
Wittmer, W. 1980. Remarks on a few species of Malthinus Latreille (Coleoptera: Cantharidae: Malthini) from the United States. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 34(3): 271-279. JSTOR
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.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.
3.Abundance and distribution of potential arthropod prey species in a typical Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat.
Quinn, M.A. 2000. Unpublished Thesis. Texas A&M University, College Station. ix + 182 pp.
4.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.