brown blister beetle

(Zonitis vittigera)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

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brown blister beetle

 

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Occurrence

 

Flight/Season

May to August

Habitat

 

Size

Total Length: ¼ to ½ (7 to 12 mm)

         
         
         
         
          Photo by Alfredo Colon
 
Identification

Brown blister beetle is mostly light brownish-red to brownish-yellow. The hardened wing covers (elytra) have a black longitudinal stripe that varies in size between individuals. Sometimes the elytra are almost entirely black. They are moderately densely covered with shallow punctures. The third leg segment (femur) is black at the tip. The fourth leg segment (tibia) is mostly black. The end part of the leg (tarsus), corresponding to the foot, is mostly black.

 
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Sources: 24, 27, 29, 30.

 
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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

 

Genus:

Zonitis

 

Subgenus:

Parazonitis

 
Subordinate Taxa

brown blister beetle (Zonitis vittigera propinqua)

brown blister beetle (Zonitis vittigera vittigera)

 
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Common
Names

brown blister beetle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Elytra

The hardened forewings on an insect used to protect the fragile hindwings, which are used for flying, in beetles and true bugs. Singular: elytrum.

 

Femur

On insects and arachnids, the third, largest, most robust segment of the leg, coming immediately before the tibia. On humans, the thigh bone.

 

Tarsus

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

 

Tibia

The fourth segment of an insect leg, after the femur and before the tarsus (foot). The fifth segment of a spider leg or palp.

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Alfredo Colon
8/17/2018

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

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