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  • Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle - (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

    Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle - (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

    The aphid-eating, flower-loving Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle doubles as a pollinator and a pest controller, and they tend to travel in groups.

    Staff Writer (1/24/2017): The texture on the elytra (wing covering) of the Pennsylvania Leatherwing is smooth and shiny, giving it the appearance of leather. As a defensive maneuver, they are capable of secreting a foul chemical from glands near the tip of the abdomen.

    This beetle has a fantastic appetite for aphids which are small plant-sucking insects that are the bane of every gardener. The presence of the Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle means free and organic pest control. As a bonus, the beetle spends so much time wandering around flowers looking for aphids, it becomes a terrific pollinator as well. They are fast and agile and usually have friends nearby. To see a quick glimpse of them, click here:

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    Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle
    Scientific Name: Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Cantharidae
           Genus: Chauliognathus
            Species: pennsylvanicus

    Size (Adult, Length): 9mm to 12mm (0.35in to 0.47in)

    Identifying Colors: orange; black; yellow; brown

    Additional Descriptors: flying, helpful

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma;Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas;Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Ontario; Quebec; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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