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Subfamily Epiphloeinae

Pyticeroides laticornis Ichnea elongata Knull - Ichnea elongata clerid 1 - Madoniella dislocata Clerid - Madoniella dislocata Madoniella rectangularis Opitz - Madoniella rectangularis Madoniella dislocata Beetle - Pyticeroides laticornis Madoniella dislocata
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 Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Cleridae (Checkered Beetles)
Subfamily Epiphloeinae
Numbers
5 described & several undescribed* spp. in 4 genera in our area (271 spp. in 25 genera total)(1)(2)(3)
(*)Jacques Rifkind, pers.comm. to =v=, 2.iv.2013
Size
worldwide, 2.8–12.0 mm(1)
Range
New World (Canada to Argentina)(1)
Habitat
most commonly collected from bark during outbreaks of bark beetles(1)
Food
lignicolous predators in the larval and adult stage(1)
Remarks
The body color of many species blends in with the color of bark on which they capture their prey. Other species are brightly colored and involved in Batesian or Müllerian mimicry complexes.(1)
Print References
Opitz, W. 2010. New taxa of Epiphloeinae Kuwert (Cleridae) and Chaetosomatidae Crowson (Coleoptera: Cleroidea). Insecta Mundi 0123: 1-28.