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Species Alobates pennsylvanica - False Mealworm Beetle

Alobates pennsylvanica pupa - Alobates pennsylvanica Beetle - Alobates pennsylvanica Unknown Tenebrionid - Alobates? Zophobas? - Alobates pennsylvanica False Mealworm Beetle - Alobates pennsylvanica Darkling beetle - Alobates pennsylvanica Alobates pennsylvanica ? - Alobates pennsylvanica Alobates pennsylvanica Beetle - Alobates pennsylvanica
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Longhorn, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Coelometopinae
Genus Alobates
Species pennsylvanica (False Mealworm Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Species name may be officially "pensylvanica", (a misspelling in original reference perhaps) but usually written pennsylvanica.
20-23 mm
Elongate, large darkling beetle. Pronotum almost square. Elytra shining with rows of fine punctures (5 or more on each elytra?). Alobates morio is very similar, but rarer, has a tuft of yellow hair on "mentum"--mouthparts. (1)
Forested areas of North America
Found under bark--forests
All year. Comes to lights in summer.
Both adults and larvae predatory on other insects.
Life Cycle
One year life cycle. Found under bark. Larvae live in decaying logs and is predatory on other insects.
See Also
Alobates morio, Merinus laevis
Print References
Arnett, et al., p. 267, describes two members of genus (1)
Arnett, p. 468, fig. 24.160--illustration may be mislabeled--does not look like Alobates (2)
Dillon, p. 473, plate XLVI (3)
White, pp. 254-255 (4)
Arnett and Jacques, #147 (5)
Brimley, p. 192 (6)
Taber, p. 116, fig. 99--photo (7)
Salsbury, p. 211--photo (8)
Works Cited
1.How to Know the Beetles
By Ross H. Arnett, N. M. Downie, H. E. Jaques
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
By Ross H. Arnett
3.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
By Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence
4.Peterson Field Guides: Beetles
By Richard E. White
5.Simon & Schuster's Guide to Insects
By Dr. Ross H. Arnett, Dr. Richard L. Jacques
6.Insects of North Carolina
By C.S. Brimley
7.Insects of the Texas Lost Pines (W.L. Moody, Jr., Natural History Series, No. 33)
By Stephen W. Taber, Scott B. Fleenor
8.Insects in Kansas
By Glenn A. Salsbury and Stephan C. White