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Genus Alobates

Alobates morio - Alobates barbatus Large unknown (darkling?) beetle - Alobates pensylvanicus False Mealworm Beetle - Alobates pensylvanicus 8023380 Alobates - Alobates pensylvanicus Alobates pennsylvanica - Alobates pensylvanicus Darkling Beetle - Alobates pensylvanicus Black Beetle - Alobates pensylvanicus - male Ground Beetle? - Alobates pensylvanicus
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 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)
Numbers
2 spp. in our area(2)
Size
17-23 mm(3)
Identification
Key to species:
Mentum smooth, without tuft of long yellowish setae---> pensylvanicus
Mentum with tuft of long yellowish setae---> barbatus
Range
e. North America, A. pennsylvanicus into Mexico(2)
Habitat
under bark on dead standing trees(3)
Season
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