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A Melyrid Beetle (Collops vicarius)

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State status

Status and Natural Heritage Inventory documented occurrences in Wisconsin

The table below provides information about the protected status - both state and federal - and the rank (S and G Ranks) for A Melyrid Beetle (Collops vicarius). See the Working List Key for more information about abbreviations. Counties shaded blue have documented occurrences for this species in the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory database. The map is provided as a general reference of where occurrences of this species meet NHI data standards and is not meant as a comprehensive map of all observations.

Note: Species recently added to the NHI Working List may temporarily have blank occurrence maps.

Collops vicarius is not tracked by the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory Program at this time (this species is not on the NHI Working List).
Summary Information
State Statusnone
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankSU
Global RankGNR
Tracked by NHIW

Species guidance

Identification: Soft-winged flower beetle (Melyrid), 4-10mm in length, wedge-shaped, green or black with red, orange, or yellow markings, head is black and elytra are pubescent.

Similar Species: C. quadrimaculatus, a common species, is dull yellowish with dark blue metallic colored areas on the elytra.

Habitat: The larvae are found in soil debris or within grass stems.

Global Distribution: The genus is generally distributed throughout the U.S.

Life and Natural History: Both adults and immatures are predators of other insects. Adults prey on aphids and other soft-bodied insects and may also consume pollen of the flowers on which they are found. Larvae are predaceous on termite nests. The genus Collops has proved to be beneficial to agriculture as a predator of some weevils and aphids on alfalfa, cotton, peas, and other crops.


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Last revised: Thursday, December 22, 2022