Soft-Bodied Plant Beetle
( Dascillus davidsoni )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Dascillus davidsoni
(LeConte, 1859)
Common Name:Soft-Bodied Plant Beetle
Life Stage:A

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Coleoptera
Suborder:Polyphaga
Family:Dascillidae
Subfamily:Dascillinae
Genus:Dascillus
Taxon Code:COL00074
ITIS TSN#:113992

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
Lost Ridge Group Campground, Anthony Chabot Regional Park, EBRPD, 17600 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley, CA, Castro Valley
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CAEB010108
Park/Forest:Anthony Chabot Park Regional Park, EBRPD

RECOGNITION
Specimens with scales intact have a grayish pubescence; otherwise, these beetles may appear brown or blackish. Wings: Grayish with darker transverse bands on the elytra. Antennae: Long; length is comparable to antennae of Longhorn Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); third antennomere (antennal joint) not being longer than the fourth.
Body Length
12 mm
Similar Taxa
Dascillus_plumbeus

BIOLOGY
Habitat
These are fairly common beetles that appear on stems, leaves and other parts of plants, especially among grasses in the cooler parts of heavily wooded areas.

HABITAT
These are fairly common beetles that appear on stems, leaves and other parts of plants, especially among grasses in the cooler parts of heavily wooded areas.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar

REFERENCES
  • Species Dascillus davidsoni. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/400243). Accessed March 12, 2016. [ IMAGES ]
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#113992


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