Taxonomy and Systematics
Subphylum: Hexapoda (6 legged)
Subclass: Pterygota (Winged insects)
Infraclass: Neoptera (Wing-folding)
Suborder: Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Longhorn, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily: Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family: Oedemeridae (False Blister Beetles)
Species: Asclera ruficollis (Red-necked False Blister Beetle)
Asclera ruficollis is an elongate soft beetle with three ridges running laterally along elytra. Dull red pronotrum with distinctive dimples.
Asclera ruficollis emerge in March and are generally found until May. They are commonly found on early spring wildflowers and disappear by high summer.
General distribution and habitat
Asclera ruficollis is widespread through eastern North America, having been found no farther south than North Carolina.
TheA. ruficollis specimen was collected by Ava Sullivan behind the Paris-Borden house at approximately 1:30 pm on 26 April, 2011 and identified by Miles Ditzler on 18 May, 2011.
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- "Asclera ruficollis." BugGuide. Web. 18 May. 2011. <http://bugguide.net/node/view/12584>.