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Species Brachypterus urticae - Nettle Pollen Beetle

Short-winged Flower Beetle - Brachypterus urticae Short-winged Flower Beetle - Brachypterus urticae tiny grey beetle - Brachypterus urticae Brachypterus urticae Beetle 4 April 11 - Brachypterus urticae Nitidulidae, lateral - Brachypterus urticae Nitidulidae, ventral - Brachypterus urticae Beetles - Brachypterus urticae - male - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cucujoidea
No Taxon (Nitidulid series)
Family Kateretidae (Short-winged Flower Beetles)
Genus Brachypterus
Species urticae (Nettle Pollen Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Brachypterus urticae (Fabricius 1792)
native to the Palaearctic, adventive and widespread in NA (NF-AK to NC-MO-CO-CA)(1)
host: Urtica dioica(1)
earliest record in our area: before 1879(1)
Works Cited
1.Nitidulidae and Kateretidae of the Maritime Provinces of Canada 1: New records from Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island...
Majka C.G., Cline A.R. 2006. The Canadian Entomologist 138: 314-332.