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Species Cypherotylus californicus - Gibbifer californicus

Pleasing Fungus Beetle - Cypherotylus californicus Blue/Purple beetle - Cypherotylus californicus Blue Beetle - Cypherotylus californicus Gibbifer californicus (Lacordaire) - Cypherotylus californicus Pleasing Fungus Beetle - Gibbifer californicus - Cypherotylus californicus Gibbifer californicus? - Cypherotylus californicus Cypherotylus californicus? - Cypherotylus californicus Larva, Cypherotylus californicus? - Cypherotylus californicus
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 Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
No Taxon (Erotylid series)
Family Erotylidae (Pleasing Fungus Beetles)
Subfamily Erotylinae (Pleasing Fungus Beetles)
Tribe Erotylini
Genus Cypherotylus (Cypherotylus Crotch, 1873)
Species californicus (Gibbifer californicus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Gibbifer californicus (Lacordaire)
Orig. Comb: Erotylus californicus Lacordaire 1842
Syn: Cypherotylus californicus (Lacordaire)
1 sp. n. of Mex. (1)
14-18 mm
Elongated and oval in shape. Head and thorax black, elytra dull yellow or purplish and rough, with black spots.

Det. M. A. Quinn, 2017
sw US (AZ-NM to s. WY) / Mex. to C. Amer.
Meadows, fields, woodlands, gardens
mostly May-Sept (BG data)
Adults feed on nectar, pollen, and some fungi. Larvae feed on wood-destroying fungi.
Life Cycle
female lays eggs in bark crevices of fallen rotting logs; adults emerge in summer (2)
Print References
Nomenclatural notes for the Erotylinae
(Coleoptera: Erotylidae) Paul E. Skelley, Florida State Collection of Arthropods, Insecta Mundi, May 29, 2020

Branham, M.A. 1993. Scientific Note. A new eastern record for Cypherotylus californicus Lacordaire in the United States (Coleoptera: Erotylidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 47(1): 81-82.
Graves, R.C. 1965. Observations on the ecology, behavior and life cycle of the fungus-feeding beetle, Cypherotylus californicus, with a description of the pupa (Coleoptera: Erotylidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 19(4): 117-122.
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn, 2008
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.National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders
Lorus and Margery Milne. 1980. Knopf.