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Genus Orchesia

Orchesia ovata Orchesia ovata Melandryid - Orchesia ornata Melandryidae - Orchesia ornata beetle - Orchesia cultriformis Orchesia ovata Beetle ID please...Ernobius sp? - Orchesia cultriformis Beetle ID please...Ernobius sp? - Orchesia cultriformis
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 Melandryidae (False Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Melandryinae
Tribe Orchesiini
Genus Orchesia
Explanation of Names
Orchesia Latreille 1807
5 spp. in our area(1) (all in the nominate subgenus), ~60 spp. in 3 subgenera total(2)
much of NA (NT to FL-TX)(1) & Eurasia
Print References
Bunyard, B.A. 2015. First record of insect mycophagy of the commercially-important "Chaga" fungus Inonotus obliquus (Ach. Ex Pers.) Pilat (Hymenochaetales: Hymenochaetaceae) in North America. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 117(4): 452-457.
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.