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Species Platydema ellipticum

Coleoptera - Platydema ellipticum Platydema ellipticum Black and red beetle - Platydema ellipticum Platydema ellipticum Pretty Beetle - Platydema ellipticum Black beetle with an orange band - Platydema ellipticum Red-splotched black beetle - Platydema ellipticum Platydema ellipticum
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 Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Diaperinae
Tribe Diaperini
Subtribe Diaperina
Genus Platydema
Species ellipticum (Platydema ellipticum)
Explanation of Names
Platydema ellipticum (Fabricius 1798)
4.4-7.7 mm(1)
coloration distinctive (black with red elytral band)
e US (NY-FL to ND-UT-TX)(1) & so. ON(2)
under bark, in shelf fungi, rotten wood(1)
year round(1)
associated with Phellinus gilvus, a woody shelf fungus that commonly grows on dead hardwood logs(3)
Works Cited
1.Tenebrionoidea of South Carolina
Janet C. Ciegler. 2014. Clemson University.
2.Insects of Ojibway Prairie, a southern Ontario tallgrass prairie
Paiero S.M., Marshall S.A., Pratt P.D., Buck M. 2010. Shorthouse J.D., Floate K.D. (Eds.) Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands, Vol. 1: 199-225.
3.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.