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Darkling Beetle - Eleodes sp.

Family Tenebrionidae, Subfamily Opatrinae, Tribe Eleodini


 

(Feeding on a (scavenged?) Fiery Skipper)

Willacy Co., Texas (M Quinn)


 

Kenedy Ranch, Kenedy Co., Texas
December 3, 2005 (Brush Freeman)


Similar Species: There are some 129 species of Eleodes divided into 14 subgenera in the western United States.

Texas Taxa:

Within the state of Texas a total of 31 species are known to occur: 

E. acutus, E. arcuatus, E. carbonarius, E. caudiferus, E. debilis, E. delicatus, E. dissimilis, E. easterlai, E. extricatus, E. fusiformis, E. goryi, E. gracilis, E. hispilabris, E. knullorum, E. labialis, E. longicollis, E. mirabilis, E. neomexicanus, E. nigrinus, E. obscurus, E. opacus, E. pedinoides, E. spiculiferus, E. spinipes, E. sponsus, E. striolatus, E. suturalis, E. tenuipes, E. tricostatus, E. veterator, and E. wenzeli. 


References:

Arnett, R.H., Jr., M.C. Thomas, P.E. Skelley & J.H. Frank. (editors). 2002. American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea. CRC Press. 861 pp.

Blaisdell, F.E., Sr. 1909. A monographic revision of the Coleoptera belonging to the Tenebrionidae tribe Eleodiini inhabiting the United States, Lower California, and adjacent islands. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 63: 1-524.

Triplehorn, C.A., D.B. Thomas, and E.G. Riley. 2009. The genus Eleodes Eschscholtz (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) in Texas. The Coleopterists Bulletin 63(4): 413-437.

White, R.E. 1983. A Field Guide to the Beetles of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 368 pp.


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