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Species Collops vittatus

Collops vittatus? - Collops vittatus - male blue-green with red stripe, maybe a beetle? - Collops vittatus - female Collops vittatus (Say) - Collops vittatus - male Collops vittatus - male Melyridae: Collops? - Collops vittatus - female Southeastern CA desert Collops - Collops vittatus - female Male Collops - Collops vittatus - male Soft-winged Flower Beetle - Collops vittatus
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 Melyridae (Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Subfamily Malachiinae
Tribe Malachiini
Subtribe Apalochrina
Genus Collops
Species vittatus (Collops vittatus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Collops vittatus (Say)
Orig. Comb: Malachius vittatus Say 1823
Say's original 1824 description indicates pronotum has a large black spot (or two that are confluent), but the discussion in Fall(1912)(1) states: "The thoracic spot may be large or small, is often divided into two smaller ones, and is not infrequently entirely wanting".

                                                              Dets. M. A. Quinn, 2013
NB-CA (BG data)
Jun-Aug (BG data)
Print References
Nielson, M.W. and J.A. ‚ÄéHenderson. 1959. Biology of Collops vittatus (Say) in Arizona, and feeding habits of seven predators of the spotted alfalfa aphid. Jour. Econ. Ent. 52(1): 159-162.
Walker, J.K. 1956. A life history study of Collops balteatus LeConte and Collops vittatus (Say) (Malachiidae, Coleoptera). Masters Thesis, Texas A&M University, College Station.
Walker, J.K., Jr. 1957. A biological study of Collops balteatus Lec. and Collops vittatus Say. J. Econ. Entomol. 50: 395-399.
Internet References
Soft-Bodied Collops Likes Soft Bodies - P.C. Ellsworth et al. 2011. University of Arizona & USDA-ARS.
Line drawing of dorsal habitus (UC Riverside).
Images from Texas County, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Panhandle State Univ.)
Works Cited
1.A Review of the North American Species of Collops (Col.)
H. C. Fall. 1912. New York Entomological Society.