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Genus Penthe

Beetle - Penthe pimelia Penthe pimelia Penthe pimelia? - Penthe pimelia polypore fungus beetles - Penthe obliquata Penthe pimelia tentatively ID'd as - - Penthe obliquata Pennsylvania Beetle for ID - Penthe pimelia Black Beetle (Penthe sp.) - Penthe pimelia
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 Tetratomidae (Polypore Fungus Beetles)
Genus Penthe
Explanation of Names
Penthe Newman 1838
Greek penthe 'sorrow, mourner' (referring to the color)
2 spp. in our area, 9 total(1)
scutellum dark in P. pimelia, orange in P. obliquata
holarctic & Oriental; in our area, both spp. are widespread in e. half of the US and adjacent Canada(1)
forested areas; on woody fungi and under loose bark; rather common
our sole representative of the holarctic & Oriental subfamily Penthinae, that contains a total of 2 genera(1)
come to lights(2)
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.