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Genus Minthea - Tropical Powderpost Beetles

Minthea obsita Minthea rugicollis Minthea reticulata
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
Superfamily Bostrichoidea
Family Bostrichidae (Horned Powder-post Beetles)
Subfamily Lyctinae (Powder-post Beetles)
Tribe Lyctini
Genus Minthea (Tropical Powderpost Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Minthea Pascoe 1866
Numbers
8 spp. total; 3 have been intercepted in e. US(1)
Range
primarily tropical; in our area, adventive (intercepted in e. US)(1)
Remarks
M. rugicollis and M. reticulata cause considerable damage to hardwoods in the tropics, and appear in imported hardwoods in some temperate-region countries(2)
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.Handbook of urban insects and arachnids: A handbook of urban entomology
Robinson W.H. 2005. Cambridge University Press.