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Species Gymnetis thula - Harlequin Flower 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)
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea (Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles)
Family Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Cetoniinae (Fruit and Flower Chafers)
Tribe Gymnetini
Genus Gymnetis
Species thula (Harlequin Flower Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
misidentified as: G. sallei and G. flavomarginata, these names correctly apply to species from southern Mexico and S. Amer. respectively.
unavailable: Gymnetis caseyi Antoine, 2001, see Ratcliffe (2018) for discussion (1)
Explanation of Names
Gymnetis thula Ratcliffe, 2018
thula (L). 'the furthest north" (1)
Numbers
Ratcliffe (2018) determined 56 spp. within Gymnetis, but only G. thula reaches the U.S. (1)
Size
16-21 mm (1)
Identification
variable:
Range
interior of TX to Veracruz - Map, plus limited coastal records from LA to n. FL (1)(2)(3)(4)
Season
mostly Mar-Nov (4)
Life Cycle
Adults have been taken feeding on ripe fruit, in syrup and fruit traps, and occasionally at lights. Also at sap flows on false willow, Baccharis neglecta. (1)
Ritcher (1966) reported three third instar larvae collected December 31, 1919, at Blue Mott, Victoria Co., TX in rotten moss in a hollow anacua (Ehretia anacua) tree. (5)
Sundberg (pers. comm. to BCR, 2017) reports larvae in tree holes of living mesquite, post oak, and several other trees. (1)
Remarks
Gymnetis sallei Schaum has been reported from AZ, but Ratcliffe (2018) found no spmns to confirm this. (1)
Print References
Antoine, P. 2001. Contribution a la connaissance des Gymnetini (Coleoptera, Cetoniidae). Coléoptères 7: 113-136.
Ratcliffe, B.C. 2018. A monographic revision of the genus Gymnetis MacLeay, 1819 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae). Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 31: 1-250. (1)
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn, 2018
Works Cited
1.A monographic revision of the genus Gymnetis MacLeay, 1819 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae).
Ratcliffe, B.C. 2018. Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 31: 1-250.
2.An annotated checklist of the Scarabaeoidea of Texas.
Edward G. Riley & Charles S. Wolfe. 2003. Southwestern Entomologist, Supplement. 37 pp.
3. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.
4.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
5.White Grubs and Their Allies, a Study of North American Scarabaeoid Larvae
Paul O. Ritcher. 1966. Oregon State University Press, Corvallis. 219 pp.