Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles
( Tenebrionidae )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Tenebrionidae
(Latreille, 1802)
Common Name:Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles
Life Stage:A

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Coleoptera
Suborder:Polyphaga
Family:Tenebrionidae
Taxon Code:COL02128
ITIS TSN#:114419

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
UC Elkus Ranch, UC Elkus Ranch, 1500 Purissima Creek Rd, Half Moon Bay
County:San Mateo County
ECI Site#:CA41130000
Park/Forest:UC Elkus Ranch

RECOGNITION

BIOLOGY
Many species have chemical defenses.
Food
Many are scavengers of plant material as both adults and larvae. Some attracted to carrion, dead insects, dung. Some feed on fungus, often found under bark. Some are pests of stored grain and of insect collections.
Habitat
Typically found under stones, decaying logs, bark, on bracket fungi, or on the ground. A few species diurnal, found in open. Many species are adapted to desert conditions.
Development
Holometabolous
Range
Worldwide and throughout NA, much more diverse in the western states.

HABITAT
Typically found under stones, decaying logs, bark, on bracket fungi, or on the ground. A few species diurnal, found in open. Many species are adapted to desert conditions.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar

REFERENCES
  • BugGuide [ IMAGES ]
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#114419


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