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Species Axinotarsus pulicarius

Shiny beetle on hydrangea - Axinotarsus pulicarius - female Beetle - Axinotarsus pulicarius - male elytra - Axinotarsus pulicarius - male Beetle - Axinotarsus pulicarius Introduced melyrid - Axinotarsus pulicarius - male
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 Axinotarsus
Species pulicarius (Axinotarsus pulicarius)
Explanation of Names
Axinotarsus pulicarius (Fabricius 1776)
2.8–3.8 mm(1)
native to Europe, adventive in NA (ON, BC) (BG data)(1)
adults on Holcus lanatus(1) and Dactylis glomerata(2)
earliest NA records: ON 2008 (BG data), BC 2010(1)