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Genus Zonitis

yellow and green flower beetle - Zonitis Nemognatha related? - Zonitis dunniana Orange Blister Beetle - Zonitis vittigera Meloid 3 - Zonitis dunniana Blister Beetle? - Zonitis vittigera Beetle - Zonitis sayi Zonita vittigera propinqua - Zonitis vittigera unknown beetle sp. - Zonitis bilineata
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(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.