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Genus Collops

Tiny red and metallic blue beetle - Collops Melyridae - Collops punctatus - female Soft-winged Flower Beetle - Collops Two-spotted Melyrid Beetle (Collops bipunctatus) - Collops bipunctatus - male Collops vittatus (Say) - Collops vittatus - male Mating pair, Malachiini - Collops nigritus - male Male, Collops? - Collops granellus - male Undentified beetle - Collops
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 Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Melyridae (Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Subfamily Malachiinae
Tribe Malachiini
Subtribe Apalochrina
Genus Collops
Explanation of Names
Collops Erichson 1840
Numbers
45 spp. in our area, 70 total (67 in NA + 3 in S. America)(1); 16 in CA(2)
Size
4-7mm(3)
Identification
Antennae appear 10-segmented because antennomere 2 is very small and hidden; males basal antennomeres often modified:
Range
Across the continent(1)
Remarks
Several undescribed species are known from California and deserts of the southwest(1). Genus is apparently in need of taxonomic revision. A key to some species appears in Fall (1912), a few additional species are described or discussed in Marshall(1951).
Print References
Fall, H.C. (1912). A review of the North American species of Collops (Col.). Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 20:249-274 (Full Text)
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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.California Beetle Project
3.Peterson Field Guides: Beetles
Richard E. White. 1983. Houghton Mifflin Company.
4.The Malachiidae of north central Mexico (Coleoptera)
Malcolm Yeaman Marshall. 1952. American Museum of Natural History.