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Melyridae (Soft-Winged Flower Beetles)
These are small beetles with soft wing-covers, which are broader towards the posterior than the anterior. Both the head and pronotum are rather wide. Soft-Winged Flower Beetles are variously colored, and their bodies are often covered with fine hairs. The adults prey on other flower-visiting insects, or they may feed on pollen. The larvae are carnivorous, or scavenge for dead animal material on the ground.

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Specimen Records: 814
Specimens with Sequences: 734
Specimens with Barcodes: 707
Species: 74
Species With Barcodes: 72
Public Records: 81
Public Species: 21
Public BINs: 24
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Melyridae

Melyridae (common name: soft-wing flower beetles) are a family of beetles of the superfamily Cleroidea.

Description[edit]

Most are elongate-oval, soft-bodied beetles 10 mm long or less. Many are brightly patterned in black and brown, yellow, or red. Some melyrids (Malachiinae) have peculiar orange structures along the sides of the abdomen, which may be everted and saclike or withdrawn into the body and inconspicuous. Some melyrids have the two basal antennomeres greatly enlarged. Most adults and larvae are predaceous, but many are common on flowers. The most common North American species belong to the genus Collops (Malachiinae); C. quadrimaculatus is reddish, with two bluish black spots on each elytron.[1] Some Colombian and New Guinean species have been found to contain batrachotoxins, which may account for the toxicity of some frogs in those areas [2]

Distribution[edit]

The family Melyridae contains 520 species in 58 genera in North America. In Europe 16 genera are present; however, the largest diversity is in tropical rainforests.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Triplehorn, C. and Johnson, N.: "Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects, 7th Ed.", page 429. Brooks/Cole, 2005.
  2. ^ "Academy Research: A Powerful Poison". 
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