Cantharidae


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Cantharidae

[kan′thar·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
The soldier beetles, a family of coleopteran insects in the superfamily Cantharoidea.

Cantharidae

 

a family of soft-bodied beetles having soft elytra. The body is up to 15 mm long; it is black, brown, yellow, or green with a metallic sheen. The antennae are generally filamentary. The beetles, which appear in early summer, are predators that lie in wait on flowers for their prey. The larvae are covered with soft hairs, which impart a velvety appearance. The larvae, which are also predators, are marked by extraintestinal digestion. They grasp their prey with their sharp jaws and release enzymes into it; this process liquefies the prey’s tissues so that they may be absorbed as food. On warm days wintering larvae may appear on the snow. There are approximately 3, 500 widely distributed species of Cantharidae. About 200 species, including the firefly Lampyrus noctiluca, are found in the USSR.

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We report on the predatory consumption of prey by adult Chauliognathus flavipes (F.) (Coleoptera: Cantharidae), Cycloneda sanguinea (L.) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), and Orius insidiosus (Say) (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae) in laboratory no-choice feeding tests.
r -- -- -- -- Cantharidae c -- -- -- Ma Elateridae d -- a d R Diptera Anastrepha daciformis -- d -- -- -- Lepidoptera Palpita forficifera ma ma ma ma Ma Argyrotaenia sphaleropa -- -- c -- -- Hymenoptera Dorymyrmex sp.
Lightning bugs (Lampyrids) and Soldier Beetles (Cantharidae) are excellent predators of soil bodied insects like aphids.
Gordon, National Museum of Natural History (Cantharidae, Coccinellidae); D.
- 2 - - TAXON SAMPLE (1) SAMPLE (1) SAMPLE (1) SAMP LE (1) A B C D CANTHARIDAE Genus et sp.
Taxa Percent occurrence Total number of in stomachs (N = 51) food items Arachnida Acarina 5.4 8 Araneae 1.8 1 Insecta Unidentifiable 7.1 4 Coleoptera Cantharidae 1.8 1 Carabidae 1.8 1 Coccinellidae 9.0 5 Cucujidae 5.4 3 Elateridae 5.4 3 Unidentifiable 9.0 5 Hemiptera Reduviidae 1.8 1 Homoptera Cicadellidae 1.8 1 Hymenoptera Formicidae Cremastogaster 39.3 72 Camponotus 5.4 3 Unidentifiable 28.6 36 Lepidoptera Geometridae (larvae) 3.6 2 Unidentifiable (larvae) 9.0 5 Unidentifiable (adult) 1.8 1 Odonata Zygoptera Unidentifiable 1.8 1 Psocoptera 3.6 4
A) Familia Syrphidae, B) Especie Euphoria pulchella (Gory y Percheron), C) Familia Cantharidae, D) y E) Familia Libellulidae, F) Familia Cerambicidae.
Perez-Hernandez (Cantharidae; Instituto de Biologia, UNAM), Armando Equihua-Martinez (Curculionidae: Scolytinae; Colegio de Posgraduados, Texcoco, Estado de Mexico), Yves Gomi (Histeridae; Nevers, Francia) y Michael S.
The second subcategory contained the non-hymenopteran predators, including the arachnid order Arenae; coleopteran families Cantharidae, Carabidae, and Coccinellidae; dipteran families Syrphidae and Tachinidae; and hemipteran families Anthocoridae, Geocoridae, Nabidae, and Reduviidae.
Diversity of Lycidae, Phengodidae, Lampyridae, and Cantharidae (Coleoptera) in a tropical dry forest region in Mexico: Sierra de Huautla, Morelos.
Se encontraron 140 individuos de insectos, correspondientes a 28 morfoespecies y seis ordenes: Coleoptera (37 individuos en total; 21 Curculionidae, ocho Chrysomelidae, siete Cantharidae y un Carabidae), Diptera (81 individuos en total; 26 Chironomidae, 23 Sciaridae, 13 Bibionidae, 12 Empididae, 9 Dolichopodidae; cf.
Orden Familia SP RE Especie Especie Coleoptera Cantharidae Chauhognathus scriptus (Germar) Cantharidae sp.