Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Interested in a 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico?

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Previous events


Genus Tomoderus

Tomoderus - female Small Beetle - Tomoderus Staphylinid? - Tomoderus Small, brown, hairy beetle - Tomoderus beetle - Tomoderus Anthicidae - Tomoderus Anthicid - Tomoderus Anthicid - Tomoderus
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 Anthicidae (Antlike Flower Beetles)
Subfamily Tomoderinae
Genus Tomoderus
Explanation of Names
Tomoderus LaFerté-Sénectère 1849
4 spp. in our area, ~300 worldwide(1)
Revision and key in Werner (1958)(2)
worldwide, mostly palaeotropical; in our area, e. US (mostly southeast) + WA(1); clearly a Gondwanaland group, that has penetrated poorly into the Nearctic region (3 spp., vs. hundreds in the tropics) (D.S. Chandler, pers. comm. to =v=, 26.x.2011)
typically epigeic(3): leaf litter, wood trash, occasionally on carrion(4)
detritophagous or omnivorous(3)
come to lights(4)
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.A revision of the Nearctic species of Tomoderus (Coleoptera: Anthicidae)
F.G. Werner. 1958. Psyche, 64: 51-59.
3.Telnov D. (2011) Anthicidae, Ant-like flower beetles (in The Tree of Life Web Project)
4.Tenebrionoidea of South Carolina
Janet C. Ciegler. 2014. Clemson University.