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Genus Asclera

Red-necked False Blister Beetle - Asclera ruficollis Not a soldier beetle - Asclera ruficollis False Blister beetle  - Asclera ruficollis I believe it is Asclera excavata - Asclera excavata Red-Necked False Blister Beetle - Asclera ruficollis Asclera excavata? - Asclera excavata Ischnomera ruficollis - Asclera ruficollis False Blister Beetle - Dorsal  - Asclera ruficollis
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea
Family Oedemeridae (False Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Oedemerinae
Tribe Asclerini
Genus Asclera
Explanation of Names
Asclera Stephens 1839
6 spp. in our area(1)
Most species have dark, ridged elytra
key to spp. in(2)
worldwide(2); in our area, one widespread sp., 3 western spp., and 2 eastern(1)
Typically on flowers, often spring flowers in woodlands, flowering shrubs on edges, or near wetlands (willows)
Mar-May in NC(3)
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 Oedemeridae (Coleoptera)
Arnett R.H., Jr. 1951. American Midland Naturalist 45: 257-391.
3.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.