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Genus Asclera

Red-necked False Blister Beetle - Asclera ruficollis Asclera puncticollis Asclera excavata LeConte - Asclera excavata Beetle pollinating Virginia spring beauty - Asclera ruficollis Asclera ruficollis Asclera ruficollis beetle042519a - Asclera ruficollis Oedemerinae? - Asclera excavata
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 Oedemeridae (False Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Oedemerinae
Tribe Asclerini
Genus Asclera
Explanation of Names
Asclera Stephens 1839
Numbers
6 spp. in our area(1)
Identification
Most species have dark, ridged elytra
key to spp. in(2)
Range
worldwide(2); in our area, one widespread sp., 3 western spp., and 2 eastern(1)
Habitat
Typically on flowers, often spring flowers in woodlands, flowering shrubs on edges, or near wetlands (willows)
Season
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.