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Genus Zonitis

Zonitis  species ? - Zonitis perforata Beetle - Zonitis Beetle on Brown Eyed Susan - Zonitis vittigera Zonitis Leaf Beetle? - Zonitis Blister Beetle - Zonitis bilineata Zonitis vittigera Zonitis punctipennis (2) - Zonitis punctipennis - male
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 Nemognathinae
Tribe Nemognathini
Genus Zonitis
Explanation of Names
Zonitis Fabricius 1775
Numbers
15 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area, 36 in New World, >160 worldwide(1)
Identification
key to spp. in Enns (1956)(2)
Range
Cosmopolitan genus, as currently defined(1)
Food
hosts: bees (mostly Megachilidae, but also Halictidae, Anthophoridae, Colletidae, Andrenidae)(1)
See Also
telling apart Zonitis and Nemognatha from dorsal shots is often impossible
Works Cited
1.The New World genera of Meloidae (Coleoptera): a key and synopsis
Pinto J.D., Bologna M.A. 1999. J. Nat. Hist. 33: 569-620.
2. A revision of the genera Nemognatha, Zonitis, and Pseudozonitis (Coleoptera, Meloidae) in America north of Mexico, with....
Enns, W.R. 1956. University of Kansas Scientific Bulletin 37(17): 685-909.