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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Olibrus

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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 (Cucujid series)
Family Phalacridae (Shining Flower Beetles)
Genus Olibrus
Explanation of Names
Olibrus Erichson 1845
~30 described spp. in our area (the actual number probably much lower), ~130 total(1); this is currently the largest genus in Phalacridae in terms of described species, but many (especially Oriental) spp. will probably be removed(2)
1.1–3.9 mm(3)
shape of last antennomere (the 11th) diagnostic:
Old World + NA (so. Canada to Mexico)(2)
unlike most genera in the family, adults on flowers, esp. Asteraceae(2)
larvae develop within flower heads of particular Asteraceae, are more host specific and feed only on fluids(2)
our sole representative of the Olibrus-group (2 genera total; worldwide except the Neotropics)(2)
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