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Species Brachypterus urticae - Nettle Pollen 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 Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
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.