An annotated catalog and summary of bionomics of Blister Beetles of the genus Psalydolytta (Coleoptera: Meloidae)

  • Information on the taxonomy, anatomy, and bionomics of the species of Psalydolytta Peringuey is presented and summarized. Psalydolytta testaceoapicalis Pic, described from Guinea, is placed in the synonymy of P. cineracea (Maklin) (new synonymy). The genus has a disjunct Ethiopian-Indian distribution (42 species in Africa, 10 in India). Adults appear toward the end of the rainy season, are generally nocturnal, and feed largely on flowers and developing grains of wild and cultivated grasses. Adults attracted to lights are sometimes a nuisance because of their ability to produce blisters on human skin. The larva of the Indian P. rouxi (Castelnau) has been recorded as a predator of the eggs of the pyrgomorphid grasshopper Colemania sphenarioides Bolivar and that of the African P. fusca (Olivier) as a predator of the eggs of the acridid grasshopper Cataloipus fuscocoeruleipes (Sjostedt).

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Author:Richard B. Selander
Parent Title (English):Insecta mundi : a journal of world insect systematics
Publisher:Center for Systematic Entomology
Place of publication:Gainesville, Fla.
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2010/07/07
Year of first Publication:1988
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2010/07/07
Page Number:15
First Page:1
Last Page:15
Source:Gainesville, Fla. : Flora & Fauna Publ. : Insecta Mundi 02:1, S. 1-15
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Insecta Mundi / Insecta Mundi, Volume 2 (1988)
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht