blister beetle

(Nemognatha spp.)

               
     

blister beetle (Nemognatha sp.)

   
   
   
   
   
Size

Total Length: 3 16 to

         
          Photo by Alfredo Colon

Identification

Nemognatha are small to medium-sized blister beetles.

The outer lower mouth parts (galeae) are greatly elongated into a sucking tube, allowing the beetles to drink flower nectar.

On the front and middle legs, the last part of the leg (tarsus), corresponding to the foot, has five segments. On the hind leg, the tarsus has only four segments. The claw at the end of the tarsus is comb-like.

 
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Larval Food

Bee eggs and food stored in the bee nest

 
Adult Food

Nectar and pollen of various flowers, especially those in the Aster (Asteraceae) family.

 
Life Cycle

The female lays eggs on flowers. When the larvae hatch, they attach themselves to visiting bees and are carried back to the bee’s nest. Once there, they feed on bee eggs and stored food.

 
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Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 24, 27, 29, 30.


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No Common Name
This genus has no common name. The common name of the family Meloidae is blister beetles, and is applied here for the sake of convenience.


Taxonomy

Order:

Coleoptera (beetles)

 

Suborder:

Polyphaga (water, rove, scarab, longhorn, leaf and snout beetles)

 

Infraorder:

Cucujiformia

 

Superfamily:

Tenebrionoidea

 

Family:

Meloidae (blister beetles)

 

Subfamily:

Nemognathinae

 

Tribe:

Nemognathini

 
Subordinate Taxa

blister beetle (Nemognatha lutea)

blister beetle (Nemognatha nemorensis)

blister beetle (Nemognatha palliata)

blister beetle (Nemognatha piazata)

 
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Names

no common name


 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Tarsus

The last two to five subdivisions of an insect’s leg, attached to the tibia; the foot. Plural: tarsi.

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Alfredo Colon
6/12/2018

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

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