Pedilid And Firecolored Beetles 183

gined laterally. Brownish to dull black. Tarsi 5-5-4. Antennae serrate or slightly clubbed. 2-15 mm.

Adults of this group occur on vegetation, in detritus, under the bark of conifers, and under stones. Some species have the head prolonged anteriorly into a snout. Adults and larvae are predaceous.

PEDILID BEETLES Family Pedilidae Identification: Similar to Anthicidae (p. 181), but body more elongate, head narrowed behind eyes into a neck. Pronotum oval or rounded. Black or brown, often with pale or red markings. Antennae long, threadlike or serrate. 4.5-15.0 mm.

Adult pedilids usually occur on flowers and foliage, and are attracted to lights at night. They are uncommon. Larvae live in decaying vegetable material, sometimes on the shores of streams, ponds, lakes, or the seashore. Most of our 57 species are western.


Family Pyrochroidae

Identification: Shape and color distinctive: elongate, narrow, elytra (FW) parallel-sided or slightly wider posteriorly, pronotum oval or somewhat square and much narrower than FW, head broad, as wide as pronotum; usually black, pronotum and sometimes head reddish or yellowish, or entire body reddish or yellowish; antennae serrate or pectinate, in some males nearly Dlumose. Tarsi 5-5-4. 6-20 mm.

Adults of this small group are found on flowers and vegetation, are not common. Larvae occur under the bark of logs and stumps, and are predaceous.

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