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Genus Hydrochara

Hydrophilidae ? - Hydrochara obtusata Hydrophilidae ? - Hydrochara obtusata aquatic larva - Hydrochara water scavenger - Hydrochara Hydrochara soror Beetle - Hydrochara soror Beetle - Hydrochara Hydrochara obtusata - Hydrochara
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 Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Hydrophiloidea (Water Scavenger and Clown Beetles)
Family Hydrophilidae (Water Scavenger Beetles)
Subfamily Hydrophilinae
Tribe Hydrophilini
Genus Hydrochara
Explanation of Names
Hydrochara Berthold 1827
'water-loving'
Numbers
10 nearctic spp.(1)
Size
12-19 mm
Identification
Medium-sized water scavengers with spine (prosternal process) on underside; spine does not project past hind coxae; species identification is challenging, and there have been some recent changes in taxonomy (e.g., several species split out from H. obtusata) --see(2)
Range
mostly ne. NA; Old World(1)
Habitat
Ponds, streams, ditches, salt marshes. May be collected (overwintering?) from under stones and logs near streams. Come to lights during the summer.
Season
Feb-Nov (H. soror in SC)
Life Cycle
larva
Remarks
Attracted to lights
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume I: Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia
Arnett, R.H., Jr., and M. C. Thomas. (eds.). 2000. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.Water Beetles of South Carolina
Janet Ciegler. 2003. Clemson University.