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Genus Alobates

Darkling Beetle - Alobates pensylvanicus Big black beetle - Alobates pensylvanicus Alobates pennsylvanica? - Alobates pensylvanicus Darkling Beetle - Alobates pensylvanicus false mealworm beetle - Alobates pensylvanicus Alobates?  under bark of dead Quercus stellata - Alobates Alobates pensylvanicus? - Alobates pensylvanicus Tenebrionidae? - Alobates
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 Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Stenochiinae
Tribe Cnodalonini
Genus Alobates
Explanation of Names
Alobates Motschulsky 1872
Likely from Greek alo (variant of allo) 'other' + bates 'one who treads/haunts'(1)
2 spp. in our area(2)
17-23 mm(3)
Key to species:
Mentum smooth, without tuft of long yellowish setae---> pensylvanicus
Mentum with tuft of long yellowish setae---> barbatus
e. North America, A.pensylvanicus into Mexico(2)
under bark on dead standing trees(3)
All year under bark
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.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.
3.The Darkling Beetles of Florida and Eastern United States