Texas Beetle Information Pages

Information pages for some of the more common or colorful Texas beetle species

  Ground / Carrion / Stag / Bess / Scarab / Bup / Click / Net / Glow / Fire / Soldier / Spider / Checkered

Soft / Fungus / Lady / Ironclad / Darkling / Blister / Longhorn / Leaf / Fungus / Leaf-rolling / Weevil


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Return to Texas Entomology - Compiled by Mike Quinn



ADEPHAGA

Carabidae - Ground Beetles

There are 690 species of Carabids recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)

There are some 57 species and subspecies of Cicindelinae in Texas

A Field Guide to the Tiger Beetles of the United States and Canada: 
Identification, Natural History, and Distribution of the Cicindelidae

David L. Pearson, C. Barry Knisley and Charles J. Kazilek
2005. Oxford University Press, Oxford. 292 pp.



POLYPHAGA

Silphidae - Carrion Beetles

There are 14 species of Silphids recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)



SCARABAEOIDEA

Lucanidae - Stag Beetles

There are six species of Lucanids recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)


Passalidae - Bess Beetles

There is only one species of passalid in Texas (Riley & Wolfe 2003)


Scarabaeidae - Scarab Beetles

Scarabaeinae - Rutelinae - Dynastinae - Cetoniinae -  Melolonthinae

There are 471 species of Scarabs recorded from Texas. (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)

There are 58 species of Scarabaeinae Scarabs in Texas per EGR.

Canthon imitator Brown
Deltochilum scabriusculum Bates
Malagoniella astyanax yucateca (Harold)

Phanaeus species from Texas:

Blue Phanaeus Phanaeus adonis Harold - First U.S. Record

Phanaeus difformis LeConte  
Texas Black Phanaeus Phanaeus triangularis texensis Edmonds

Phanaeus triangularis triangularis (Say) 
Rainbow Scarab  Phanaeus vindex Macleay

There are 30 species of Rutelinae Scarabs in Texas per EGR.

The genus Chrysina (formerly Plusiotis) is composed primarily of showy large green beetles that range as far north as the Transpecos to southeast Arizona. The center of this genus' distribution is Mexico, though members occur as far south as northern South America. A few species are even gold, silver, or striped with red.


Chrysina gloriosa (LeConte)  TX NM AZMEX

Chrysina woodii (Horn) TX NM

MEX

Chrysina lecontei (Horn)
NM AZMEX

Chrysina beyeri (Skinner)

AZMEX

Other Scarab Info

An annotated checklist of the Scarabaeoidea of Texas - Riley & Wolfe, 2003

Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles - University of Nebraska 
Checklist of the Scarabaeoidea of the Nearctic Realm
- Smith, 2003 

TIARA - Scarab label data from the TAMU insect collection has been captured and is available here



BUPRESTOIDEA

Buprestidae - Metallic Wood-Boring Beetles

There are 315 species of Buprestids recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.) 



ELATEROIDEA

Elateridae - Click Beetles

There are 170 species of Elaterids recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)


Lycidae - Net-winged Beetles

There are 31 species of Lycids recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)


Phengodidae - Glowworm Beetles

There are eight species of Phengodids recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)

        Soft-bodied beetles with bioluminescent larviform females and larvae.
        Females emit light as a defensive mechanism; 
        Males have prominent branched antennae to detect the female's pheromones; their elytra (forewings) are reduced in length.


Lampyridae - Fireflies or Lightningbugs

There are 36 species of Lampyrids recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)


Cantharidae - Soldier Beetles

There are 45 species of Cantharids recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)



BOSTRICHOIDEA

Anobiidae - Death Watch and Spider Beetles



CLEROIDEA

Cleridae - Checkered Beetles

There are 124 species of Clerids recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)


Melyridae - Soft-winged Flower Beetles



CUCUJOIDEA

Erotylidae - Pleasing Fungus Beetles

There are  20 species of Erotylids recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)


Coccinellidae - Lady Beetles

There are some 136 species of Coccinellids recorded from Texas (partial list) (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)

Other Lady Beetle Info



TENEBRIONOIDEA

Zopheridae - Ironclad Beetles

There are eight species of Zopherids recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)


Tenebrionidae - Darkling Beetles

There are 319 species of Tenebrionids recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)


 

Meloidae - Blister Beetles

 

There are 140 species of Meloids recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)

See also: Dillon, L.S. 1952. The Meloidae (Coleoptera) of Texas. American Midland Naturalist, 48(2): 330-420.



CHRYSOMELOIDEA

Cerambycidae - Longhorned Beetles

Cerambycinae - Lepturinae - Lamiinae

There are 412 species of Cerambycids recorded from Texas (partial list) (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)

Other Longhorn Info

Longhorn Beetles (Cerambycidae) of Texas - Thumbnail pix for about a quater of the TX spp. 

Cerambycidae Holotypes of the Smithsonian Institution

The Cerambycidae of Florida (thumbnails of 234 species) - Florida State Collection of Arthropods
Photographic Catalog of the Cerambycidae of the New World


Chrysomelidae - Leaf Beetles

Criocerinae - Cassidinae - Chrysomelinae - Galerucinae - Eumolpinae - Cryptocephalinae - Bruchinae

There are 844 species of Chrysomelids recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)

Other Leaf Beetle Info 

Leaf Beetles (Chrysomelidae) of Texas - Dets. by Ed Riley, Photos by Mike Quinn
Cryptocephalus species groups of North America

Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico - Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, & Terry Seeno

Host Plants of Leaf Beetle Species Occurring in the United States and Canada - Clark, LeDoux, Seeno, Riley, Gilbert, and Sullivan

Chrysomelidae, Identification Guide to the Leaf Beetles of Great Smoky Mountain National Park - Edward G. Riley 



CURCULIONOIDEA

Anthribidae - Fungus Weevils

Attelabidae - Leaf-rolling Beetles

Curculionidae - Weevils or Snout Beetles

There are 995 species of Weevils (including bark beetles, Scolytinae) recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm.)

Other Weevil Info

Boll Weevil Monument of Enterprise, Alabama - Wikipedia
The history of the Boll Weevil Monument - A much-admired (and often maligned) monument



Checklists

Riley & Wolfe. 2003. An annotated checklist of the Scarabaeoidea of Texas. Southwestern Entomologist, Supplement, no. 26. 37 pp.

Illustrated Beetle Inventory of the Sabal Palm Grove Preserve (Cameron Co., TX) - Edward G. Riley & Michael A. Quinn
Lady Beetles (Coccinellidae) of Texas - Mike Quinn
Leaf Beetles (Chrysomelidae) of Texas - Photos by Mike Quinn, Dets. by Ed Riley
Longhorn Beetles (Cerambycidae) of Texas - Thumbnail pix for about a quater of the TX spp.
Buprestidae of Texas with Notes on Texas Types - Nelson et al. 2008
Cryptocephalus Species Groups of North America - Mike Quinn
Cameron County Texas Beetles Described by Charles Schaeffer - Mike Quinn
Various Texas Beetle Photo Surveys - Photos by Mike Quinn, Dets. by Ed Riley

Beetles of Monahans Sandhills Texas - Sand-loving beetles of west Texas

Beetles of La Mariposa Ranch, Realitos, Duval Co., Texas - dets. by Ed Riley 

Provisional Checklist of the Coleoptera (Beetles) of Brackenridge Field Laboratory 

Lists from outside of Texas

Checklist of the Coleoptera of Oklahoma - Oklahoma State University

A Distributional Checklist of the Beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida - Stewart B. Peck & Michael C. Thomas

North American Beetle Names - Nearctica

Endangered

Photographs 

Texas Beetle Photographs Organized by Family

Longhorn Beetles (Cerambycidae) of Texas - Thumbnail pix for about a quater of the TX spp.
Leaf Beetles (Chrysomelidae) of Texas - Photos by Mike Quinn, Dets. by Ed Riley

Lady Beetles (Coccinellidae) of Texas - Mike Quinn

Cryptocephalus Species Groups of North America
Cameron County Beetles Described by Charles Schaeffer

Various Texas Beetle Photo Surveys - Photos by Mike Quinn, Dets. by Ed Riley
Representative thumbnail images for every beetle family - BugGuide.Net

Traps and Techniques

Organizations


Beetle Books - Select Suggestions

GeneralBuprestidae - Carabidae - Cicindelinae - Cerambycidae - Chrysomelidae - Coccinellidae - Scarabaeidae - Curculionidae

Bibliographies

Aquatic Coleoptera Bibliography (A-K) - (L-Z) - Sharon Knight Jasper, Ph.D.

Arkansas Coleoptera Bibliography - Jeffrey K. Barnes, Univ. Arkansas Arthropod Museum

Bibliography - Oklahoma Coleoptera - Oklahoma State University

Bibliography on Buprestidae - Dr. Maurizio Gigli 

Coleopterists Bulletin Bibliography - The Coleopterists Society


 

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