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Two-spotted Melyrid

Collops bipunctatus (Say)

Family Melyridae, Subfamily Malachiinae

cf: Collops nigriceps


Grand Junction, Mesa Co., Colorado
July 13, 2005 (Tom Murray)

Range: Western US: AZ, CA, CO, ID, NM, OR, TX, UT; Mexico

Similar Species

There are 70 New World species of Collops, 67 occur in North America, 45 occur in all geographic regions  north of Mexico (Arnett et al. 2002)

Texas Taxa:

Collops balteatus LeConte 
Collops bipunctatus (Say)
Collops confluens LeConte
Collops dux Fall 
Collops flavicinctus Fall
Collops nigriceps (Say)
Collops pallipes Marshall
Collops punctulatus LeConte
Collops quadrimaculatus (Fabricius)
Collops vittatus (Say) 

Family ID Characters:


Arnett, R.H., Jr., M.C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley & J.H. Frank. (editors). 2002. American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea. CRC Press. 861 pp.

Fall, H.C. 1912. A review of the North American species of Collops (Col): Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 20: 249274. 

Horn, GH 1870. Contributions to the coleopterology of the United States. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 3:69-97.

King, P.S. 1985. Natural history of Collops georgianus (Coleoptera: Melyridae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 78:13113

King, P.S. 1987. Macro- and microgeographic structure of a spatially subdivided beetle species in nature. Evolution, 41: 401-416.

King, P.S. 1988. Distribution and genetic structure of two allopatric beetle (Coleoptera:Melyridae) species on rock outcrops in the southeast. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 81: 890-898.

Knowlton, G.F. 1944. Collops feeding. Journal of Economic Entomology, 37: 443.

LeConte, J.L. 1852. Catalogue of the Melyrides of the United States, with descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 6: 163-171.

Marshall, M.Y. 1951. Studies in Malachiidae, III. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 27: 77-132.

Marshall, M.Y. 1953. Studies in Malachiidae, IV. American Midland Naturalist, 49: 825-831.

Marshall, M.Y. 1954. Notes on the Malachiidae. Coleopterists Bulletin, 8: 28.

Marshall, M.Y. 1955. Studies in Malachiidae, VI. Coleopterists Bulletin, 9: 35-48.

Russell, L. 1966. A new species of Collops from Washington State (Coleoptera: Melyridae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 20(1): 8-10. 

White, R.E. 1983. A Field Guide to the Beetles of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 368 pp.

15 Jan 2006   Mike Quinn / mike.quinn@tpwd.state.tx.us / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information