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Species Penthe pimelia - Velvety Bark Beetle

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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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Tetratomidae (Polypore Fungus Beetles)
Genus Penthe
Species pimelia (Velvety Bark Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Penthe pimelia (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Helops pimelia Fabricius 1801
Explanation of Names
pimelia = 'fatty'
2 spp. n. of Mex.
10-15 mm(1)
Looks like a Darkling Beetle: broad, flattened, very dark, in velvety pile; scutellum dark (orange in P. obliquata)
e. NA (NS-FL to MB-TX)(1)(2)(3)
Forests, under bark or on bracket fungi(1)
All year, under bark; adults wander on tree trunks and fungus on spring/summer evenings(1)
Adults come to lights(1); fairly common
See Also
NOTE: orange scutellum

Penthe obliquata (Fabricius)
Works Cited
1.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.
2.An Illustrated Inventory of the Beetles (Coleoptera) of Lick Creek Park, College Station, Texas
Edward G. Riley. 2013. Texas A&M University, Dept. Entomology, College Station.
3. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.