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Genus Tegrodera - Iron Cross Blister Beetle

Red head, black body, yellow dotted markings on back - Tegrodera aloga red beetle with black/yellow body - Tegrodera aloga Need help? - Tegrodera aloga Tegrodera aloga One of the weirdest and biggest bugs I've ever seen.  There we dozens feeding on this groundcover (afternoon). - Tegrodera erosa Image 2 - Tegrodera erosa Red & Yellow Insect - Tegrodera aloga Iron Cross Beetle high above Owens Valley - Tegrodera latecincta
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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Tribe Eupomphini
Genus Tegrodera (Iron Cross Blister Beetle)
Other Common Names
Soldier Blister Beetle
Explanation of Names
Tegrodera LeConte 1851
Numbers
3 spp., all in our area(1)
Size
15-30 mm
Identification
species closely related, separable by minor but consistent differences of adult anatomy(1)
Range
sw. US & nw. Mexico; species allopatric:(1)
T. aloga Sonoran Desert (w.AZ-nw.Sonora)
T. erosa erosa so. CA, T. e. inornata Baja
T. latecincta CA: Owens and Antelope valleys
Habitat
each sp. associated with different plant communities(1)
Food
Eriastrum is an important food source for all adults(1)
Internet References
Genus profile (Pinto 2006)
Works Cited
1.A taxonomic study of the genus Tegrodera (Coleoptera: Meloidae)
Pinto J.D. 1975. The Canadian Entomologist 107: 45-66.