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In the order Coleoptera, only Meloidae, Oedemeridae and Staphylinidae release vesicant chemicals that cause dermatitis and conjunctivitis (the first two release cantharidin and the latter, pederin).
The beetle families with the greatest impact on humans are Meloidae (blister beetles), Oedemeridae (false blister beetles), and Staphylinidae (rove beetles).
1 09-01 Melandrya striata Say 3 05-19 to 06-09 Synchroa punctata Newman 6 06-09 to 07-27 Meloidae Epicauta pensylvanica (DeGeer) 1 08-18 Meloe americanus (Leach) 1 05-05 Monotomidae Pycnotomina cavicolle (Horn) 4 05-05 to 06-03 Mordellidae Mordella marginata Melsheimer 3 06-16 to 08-17 Mordellistena aspersa (Melsheimer) 1 06-09 Mordellistena bihamata (Melsheimer) 1 07-14 Mycetophagidae Litargus balteatus LeConte 4 06-09 to 11-04 Litargus tetraspilotus LeConte 1 06-09 Mycetophagus melsheimeri LeConte 1 05-05 Oedemeridae Asclera ruficollis (Say) 3 04-28 to 05-19 Passandridae Catogenus rufus (F.
Of the 22 terrestrial families present in the Florida marshes (the 23rd family was Dytiscidae, an aquatic group), only Dermestidae, Latridiidae and Oedemeridae were absent from our list.
A few beetles in the families Lycidae, Cantharidae and Oedemeridae appear to aggregate for mating on saw palmetto inflorescences.
C-bands on chromosomes of 32 beetle species (Coleoptera: Elateridae, Cantharidae, Oedemeridae, Cerambycidae, Anthicidae, Chrysomelidae, Attelabidae and Curculionidae).