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Species Tricrania sanguinipennis

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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 Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Nemognathinae
Tribe Nemognathini
Genus Tricrania
Species sanguinipennis (Tricrania sanguinipennis)
Explanation of Names
Tricrania sanguinipennis Say 1824
8.5-15 mm (1)
Body black with abundant hairs (setae), elytra red. Wings reduced--flightless (1). The only eastern Tricrania (2).
e. NA & adj. Canada (TX-FL-ME-NE)(2)
Feb-Apr (BG data)
Life Cycle
A parasitoid of colonial bees, such as Colletes. Adults (newly transformed, presumably) overwinter in brood cells of the host (Parker and Böving, 1924).
Print References
Parker, J.B. and A.G. Böving. 1924. The blister beetle Tricrania sanguinipennis—biology, descriptions of different stages, and systematic relationship. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 64(2513): 1-40. (BHL link)
Works Cited
1.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.
2.Revision of the nearctic blister beetle genus Tricrania LeConte, 1860 (Coleoptera: Meloidae: Nemognathinae)
Cline A.R., Huether J.P. 2011. Zootaxa 2832: 1–43.