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Genus Hydrochara

Hydrochara soror beetle - Hydrochara Water Beetle - Hydrochara Black Beetle - Hydrochara Hydrochara Hydrochara Unknown aquatic larvae - Hydrochara Hydrochara soror? - Hydrochara
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
8 nearctic spp.
12-19 mm
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(1)
mostly ne. NA; Old World(2)
Ponds, streams, ditches, salt marshes. May be collected (overwintering?) from under stones and logs near streams. Come to lights during the summer.
Feb-Nov (H. soror in SC)
Life Cycle
Attracted to lights
Print References
Smetana, A. 1980. Revision of the genus Hydrochara Berth. (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada 112. 1-100.
Works Cited
1.Water Beetles of South Carolina
Janet Ciegler. 2003. Clemson University.
2.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.