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  • Scarlet Malachite Beetle - (Malachius aeneus)

    Scarlet Malachite Beetle - (Malachius aeneus)

    A rare gem in the U.K., the Scarlet Malachite Beetle roams all over North America.

    Staff Writer (6/14/2017): Though the scarlet Malachite beetle can be found all over the Middle East and North America, efforts are underway in England to conserve this beetle's population there. Surveys are being performed to try to locate population sites for conservation efforts.

    This beetle is a member of the Soft-winged Flower Beetle family. The Scarlet Malachite Beetle can be found in areas filled with flowers and hedges.

    Adults eat other insects as well as pollen from the flowers they visit. They are active in late spring to early summer and may not be seen again until the next year. Larval grubs are found in the ground, under leaf litter.

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    Scarlet Malachite Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Scarlet Malachite Beetle
    Scientific Name: Malachius aeneus

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Melyridae
           Genus: Malachius
            Species: aeneus

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

    Identifying Colors: black, red, green, white

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Sasketchewan

    * 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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