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Family Nitidulidae - Sap-feeding Beetles

Nitidulid - Stelidota coenosa Epuraea sp. - Epuraea avara Another Carpophilus from yucca flower - Caplothorax melanopterus Nice flared pronotum - Epuraea rufa Coleoptera - Cryptarcha ampla Cryptarcha - Cryptarcha ampla Sap-feeding Beetle (?) - Conotelus Gliuschrochilus fasciatus - Glischrochilus fasciatus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cucujoidea
No Taxon (Nitidulid series)
Family Nitidulidae (Sap-feeding Beetles)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
a classification of world genera here (Kireitschuk 2012); Cybocephalidae and Prometopinae restored(1)
Explanation of Names
Nitidulidae Latreille 1802
~170 spp. in 30 genera in our area(2), ~4500 spp. in 350 genera worldwide(3); 73 spp. in WI(4); 70 in IN(5); 33 in a part of VA(6)
Overview of our fauna
0.9‒15 mm
worldwide and across NA
fungi, plant matter, sap, decaying fruit; many associated with flowers, carrion (Nitidula, Omosita...), bee nests (Aethina tumida, E. aestiva), ant nests (e.g. Amphotis); some may damage stored products (some Carpophilinae). Larvae of some nit genera prey on bark beetle larvae
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Molecular phylogeny of Nitidulidae: assessment of subfamilial and tribal classification...
Cline A.R., Smith T.R., Miller K., Moulton M., Whiting M., Audisio P. 2014. Systematic Entomology 39: 758–772.
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.Order Coleoptera Linnaeus, 1758. In: Zhang Z.-Q. (ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification...
Ślipiński S.A., Leschen R.A.B., Lawrence J.F. 2011. Zootaxa 3148: 203–208.
4.An annotated checklist of Wisconsin sap and short-winged flower beetles (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae, Kateretidae)
Price M.B., Young D.K. 2006. Insecta Mundi 20: 69-84.
5.A checklist of the sap beetle (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) fauna of Indiana, with notes on effective trapping methods
G.S. Powell. Insecta Mundi 2015 (0424): June 5, 2015.
6.The sap-feeding beetles (Col: Nitidulidae) of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Virginia, and the District of Columbia
Chandler D.S. Steury B.W. 2023. Banisteria 57: 67–74.
7.University of Florida: Featured Creatures
8.Ohio State University Extension fact sheets