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Genus Lobopoda

Alleculini>>Alleculina>>Lobopoda sp. - Lobopoda punctulata Lobopoda - Lobopoda punctulata Blacklight beetle - Lobopoda socia Darkling Beetle - Lobopoda punctulata Lobopoda socia - female Lobopoda socia - female unidentified Coleoptera - Lobopoda Claw-combed Beetle ? - Lobopoda socia
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 Alleculinae (Comb-clawed Beetles)
Subtribe Alleculina
Genus Lobopoda
Explanation of Names
Lobopoda Solier 1835
'lobed foot'
7 species in our area(1)
Lobopoda erythrocnemis (Germar)
Lobopoda monticola Campbell
Lobopoda nigrans (Melsheimer)
Lobopoda opacicollis Champion
Lobopoda punctulata (Melsheimer)
Lobopoda socia (LeConte)

plus a 7th species (1)>
keys in(2)
e. US to w. TX(1)(3)
Larvae of L. opacicollis were found in numbers in the nests of Atta texana, where they feed on the material deposited by the ants in detritus chambers. Larvae of L. punctulata were reported from knots in oak trees. Adults have been collected by beating dead leaves, lichens, mosses, and bromeliads on limbs and tree trunks; under bark; at night feeding on algae on tree trunks; and at lights.(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.A revision of the genus Lobopoda (Coleoptera: Alleculidae) in North America and the West Indies
Campbell J.M. 1966. Illinois Biological Monographs 37: 1-203.
3.The Darkling Beetles of Florida and Eastern United States