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Genus Oxacis

7005666 Oedemerid - Oxacis Oxacis Oxacis caerulea Champion - Oxacis caerulea Reddish, hairy beetle with a few black marks - Oxacis trirossi Hoping for species ID - Oxacis unknown beetle sp. - Oxacis Oedemerinae - Oxacis Oxacis? - Oxacis
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 Oedemeridae (False Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Oedemerinae
Tribe Asclerini
Genus Oxacis
Explanation of Names
Oxacis LeConte 1866
ca. 30 spp. in our area(1)
The key in Arnett (1960) is based on color characters that must be used with great caution; details of shape and proportions help to define the species, but cannot be used in a key(2)
primarily neotropical(3); in our area, throughout the US, but by far more diverse in the south (O. cana is recorded from MN and O. trirossi from SD(4))
adults come to light
adults Mar-Jul
various species have been recorded on oleander, coconut palm, willow, cottonwood, and citrus trees(5)
Print References
Arnett R.H. (1958) Speciation and distribution in the genus Oxacis (Coleoptera). Proc. 10th Int. Cong. Ent. 1: 805-811.
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.Contribution towards a monograph of the Oedemeridae 13. The "Fragilis" complex of the genus Oxacis
Arnett R.H., Jr. 1960. Col. Bull. 14: 33-44.
3.A revision of the Nearctic Oedemeridae (Coleoptera)
Arnett R.H., Jr. 1951. American Midland Naturalist 45: 257-391.
4.The Beetles of Northeastern North America, Vol. 1 and 2.
Downie, N.M., and R.H. Arnett. 1996. The Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, FL.
5.Arnett R.H., Jr. (2000-2005) False blister beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera: Oedemeridae)