New Information about Anthocomus equestris (Fabricius, 1781) (Coleoptera: Melyridae), a Soft-Winged Flower Beetle Commonly Found in Homes

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Abstract

Anthocomus equestris (Fabricius, 1781) (Coleoptera: Melyridae) is a species of non-native soft-winged flower beetle that can be commonly found in homes in eastern North America. Herein, I use information from museum specimens and citizen science websites to track the historic range expansion of A. equestris from New Jersey through eastern North America and the Midwest, where it has not been previously recorded in the literature. Additionally, I discuss the apparent shift of adult beetles from indoors to outdoors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-699
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Volume121
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science

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