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Species Hybosorus illigeri

Hybosorus? - Hybosorus illigeri Shiny black little 'Geotrupes typ' - Hybosorus illigeri Hybosorus illigeri Reiche - Hybosorus illigeri Burgundy 'n' Black - Hybosorus illigeri Coleoptera--? - Hybosorus illigeri Scarab? - Hybosorus illigeri Hybosorus illigeri Hybosorus illigeri
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea
Family Hybosoridae (Scavenger Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Hybosorinae (Scavenger Scarab Beetles)
Genus Hybosorus
Species illigeri (Hybosorus illigeri)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hybosorus carolinus LeConte 1848
Hybosorus roei Westwood 1845
Explanation of Names
Hybosorus illigeri Reiche 1853
7-9 mm(1)
Antenna distinctive with a 3-segmented club in which the basal antennomere of the club is hollowed out to receive the last two antennomeres(2)
Comparison to other scarabaeoid antennae here.
adventive se US to CA (CA-FL-VA-KS) / widespread in the Neotropics(1), native to, and widespread in the Old World (so. Europe to India & most of Africa)(3)
reported from turf in golf courses(2)
May-Sept in TX, FL (BG data)
Adults feed on both invertebrate and vertebrate carrion in early stages of decomposition(2)
Life Cycle
Larva described in Grebennikov (2004)(4)
Attracted to lights; introduced into the US from Europe prior to the 1840's(2)
Print References
Ocampo F.C. (2002) Hybosorids of the United States and expanding distribution of the introduced species Hybosorus illigeri (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea: Hybosoridae). Ann. Ent. Soc. Am. 95: 316-322. (Full text)
Works Cited
1.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.
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 Scarab Beetles of Florida
Robert Woodruff. 1973. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
4.Larvae of Ceratocanthidae and Hybosoridae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea): study of morphology, phylogenetic analysis...
Grebennikov V.V., Ballerio A., Ocampo F.C., Scholtz C.H. 2004. Systematic Entomology 29: 524–543.