Garden Carrion Beetle
( Heterosilpha ramosa )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Heterosilpha ramosa
(Say, 1823)
Common Name:Garden Carrion Beetle
Life Stage:A

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Coleoptera
Suborder:Polyphaga
Family:Silphidae
Genus:Heterosilpha
Taxon Code:COL00120

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
Tomales Point Trail, Point Reyes National Seashore, Inverness
County:Marin County
ECI Site#:CA21110000
Park/Forest:Point Reyes National Seashore

RECOGNITION
Adults are comparatively broader and more flattened than members of other Silphidae genera. Temples behind the eyes bear a row of long, erect setae and the inner edge of the femora has a pair of ridges.
Body Length
12–18 mm.
Similar Taxa
H. aenescens is also comparatively broader and more flattened that other members of the family, and also occurs in California.
Colors
Very dark gray to black.

BIOLOGY
Food
Primarily decomposing vegetable matter, but may attack garden and field crops, and grasses.
Habitat
Often on lawns. Adults fly to lights.
Active Period
Year-round.
Range
Common in western North America, east to Ontario.

HABITAT
Often on lawns. Adults fly to lights.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar

REFERENCES
  • Species Heterosilpha ramosa - Garden Carrion Beetle. (bugguide.net/node/view/48596). Accessed May 31, 2016. [ IMAGES ]
  • Species Page - Heterosilpha ramosa. University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum. (http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=5938). Accessed May 31, 2016.
  • Heterosilpha ramosa (Say, 1823). Discover Life. (www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Heterosilpha+ramosa). Accessed May 31, 2016.


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