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Species Phodaga alticeps

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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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Tribe Eupomphini
Genus Phodaga
Species alticeps (Phodaga alticeps)
Explanation of Names
Phodaga alticeps LeConte 1858
Size
8-25 mm
Range
se.CA-w.AZ & adjacent Mexico(1)
Food
Adults feed on Tiquilia palmeri (Palmer's Coldenia) and T. plicata (Fanleaf crinklemat)...also occasionally on Cryptantha spp.(2)
Print References
Pinto, J. D. (1972). A synopsis of the bionomics of Phodaga alticeps (Coleoptera) with special reference to sexual behavior. Canad. Entomol. 104: 577-595
Works Cited
1.A taxonomic review of Cysteodemus, Phodaga, and Pleuropasta with a new generic synonymy
Pinto J.D. 1984. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 86: 127-143.
2.The New World genera of Meloidae (Coleoptera): a key and synopsis
Pinto J.D., Bologna M.A. 1999. J. Nat. Hist. 33: 569-620.