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Species Brachypterolus pulicarius - Toadflax Flower-eating Beetle

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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 Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
No Taxon (Nitidulid series)
Family Kateretidae (Short-winged Flower Beetles)
Genus Brachypterolus
Species pulicarius (Toadflax Flower-eating Beetle)
Other Common Names
Antirrhinum Beetle
Explanation of Names
Brachypterolus pulicarius (Linnaeus 1758)
Size
Adult ~2 mm, larva up to 4 mm
Range
native to Europe, introduced into NA prior to 1920; abundant and common in all Canadian provinces that support yellow and Dalmatian toadflax varieties
Food
on toadflax
Remarks
may have been introduced with imported toadflax plants (first NA record: NY 1919)(1); now used to control its host plant
Internet References
Fact sheets: Robbins (2000)(2), Hansen(3), anon.(1)