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Species Malachius aeneus - Scarlet Malachite Beetle

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Classification
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)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Malachius aeneus (Linnaeus)
Orig. Comb: Cantharis aeneus Linnaeus 1758
Explanation of Names
aeneus (L.) 'bronze-colored'
Size
body length 5-7 mm
Identification
Adult: black and red (black areas have greenish sheen in good light); face pale yellow or bone colored; top of head black; pronotum black with small red patch at anterior lateral corners; elytra red with basal triangular black strip along inner margin, tapering to a point about two-thirds distance from base; abdomen black with thin white band at base of each segment, and pointed tip extending beyond elytra; legs and antennae black

Det. John H. Acorn, 2013
Range
s CAN and n US, south in the east to at least North Carolina, south in the west to Oregon
native to the Old World, occurs in Europe, western Asia, and the Middle East; introduced to North America (no info available on date or location)
Habitat
weedy fields and meadows; adults often found on flowers of herbaceous plants
Season
adults present mostly May-June (BG data)
Food
adults may feed on flower-visiting insects and/or pollen
larvae are presumably predeacous on immature invertebrates
Remarks
In 2005, Buglife, a UK charitable organization devoted to the conservation of invertebrates, lauched the Scarlet Malachite Beetle Project, requesting members of the general public to report sightings of Malachius aeneus, whose numbers have declined in England in recent years.
The Checklist of Beetles of Canada and Alaska (referenced below) states that M. aeneus "...causes considerable damage to developing wheat in the Prairie Provinces." and yet the same document does not list the species as occurring in Manitoba or Saskatchewan.