brown blister beetle

(Zonitis vittigera)

Conservation Status
brown blister beetle
Photo by Alfredo Colon
  IUCN Red List

not listed

 
  NatureServe

not listed

 
  Minnesota

not listed

 
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Brown blister beetle is mostly light brownish-red to brownish-yellow. The hardened wing covers (elytra) have a black longitudinal stripe that varies in size between individuals. Sometimes the elytra are almost entirely black. They are moderately densely covered with shallow punctures. The third leg segment (femur) is black at the tip. The fourth leg segment (tibia) is mostly black. The end part of the leg (tarsus), corresponding to the foot, is mostly black.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: ¼ to ½ (7 to 12 mm)

 
     
 

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Habitat
 
 

 

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

May to August

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Food

 
 

 

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

24, 27, 29, 30, 82.

 
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Occurrence

 
 

 

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Coleoptera (beetles)  
 

Suborder

Polyphaga (water, rove, scarab, long-horned, leaf, and snout beetles)  
 

Infraorder

Cucujiformia  
 

Superfamily

Tenebrionoidea (darkling beetles and allies)  
 

Family

Meloidae (blister beetles)  
 

Subfamily

Nemognathinae  
 

Tribe

Nemognathini  
  Genus Zonitis  
 

Subgenus

Parazonitis  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

brown blister beetle (Zonitis vittigera propinqua)

brown blister beetle (Zonitis vittigera vittigera)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

Wikipedia gives this species the common name “brown blister beetle”. No other source could be found that gives this species a common name.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Elytra

The hardened or leathery forewings of beetles used to protect the fragile hindwings, which are used for flying. Singular: elytron.

 

Femur

On insects and arachnids, the third, largest, most robust segment of the leg, coming immediately before the tibia. On humans, the thigh bone.

 

Tarsus

The last two to five subdivisions of an insect’s leg, attached to the tibia; the foot. Plural: tarsi.

 

Tibia

The fourth segment of an insect leg, after the femur and before the tarsus (foot). The fifth segment of a spider leg or palp.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Looks like a brown blister beetle on this daisy.

 
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  Greg Watson
7/2/2021

Location: Great River Bluffs State Park

Looks like a brown blister beetle on this daisy.

brown blister beetle

 
  Alfredo Colon
8/17/2018

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

brown blister beetle

 
  Alfredo Colon
6/12/2018

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

brown blister beetle

 
           
 
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