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Humpty-Dumpty Erotylidae

Gibbifer californicus (Lacordaire)

Family Erotylidae, Subfamily Erotylinae


Garden Canyon, Fort Huachuca
Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., Arizona
July 29, 2005 (M Stangeland & K Davis)

Range: Kansas and Wyoming to Mexico. Common in southeastern Arizona.

Biology: Adults and larvae feed on a wide variety of wood rotting fungi, hence the family name of Pleasing Fungus Beetle.

Similar Species: Within this genus, only Gibbifer californicus occurs in the United States. Not present in Texas.

Weblinks: Pleasing Fungus Beetles of North America Family Erotylidae - Paul E. Skelley 

Gibbifer Voet 1778

Photos: BugGuide.net; Amazilla.net 

Etymology: Gibbifer californicus (Lacordaire)

gibb (L). Humped
fer (L). Bear, carry

Biography: Jean Théodore Lacordaire (1801 - 1870) was a Belgian entomologist of French extraction - Wikipedia 


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