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Species Malachius aeneus - Scarlet Malachite 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 Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Melyridae (Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Subfamily Malachiinae
Tribe Malachiini
Subtribe Malachiina
Genus Malachius
Species aeneus (Scarlet Malachite Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Malachius aeneus (Linnaeus 1758)
aeneus 'bronze-colored'
5-7 mm
native to the Palaearctic, adventive in NA (s Canada & n US, south to at least NC & OR)
weedy fields and meadows; adults often found on flowers of herbaceous plants
In Canada, M. aeneus "...causes considerable damage to developing wheat in the Prairie Provinces"(1)