Cedar Creek
Ecosystem Science Reserve

Insects of Cedar Creek



Family Tree

The Coleoptera (23,609 NA spp) are abundantly and diversely represented at Cedar Creek. Roughly 70 families representing nearly 900 species have been collected. Most effort has been expended on field inhabiting beetles using both vegetation sweeps and pitfall trapping. Other terrestrial and aquatic habitats on the Area have not been ignored, but serious surveying is likely to yield many additional species. This survey is probably weakest in the Staphylinidae and small obscure families of bark inhabiting species. Useful references include The Beetles of the U.S. (1962) by Ross Arnett, The Coleoptera of Indiana (1923) by William Blatchley, The Rhynchophora of Eastern N.A. by Blatchley and Leng (1927?), and a Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern N.A. (1972) by Dillon and Dillon.  Families are numbered below taxonomically as in Arnett (1993).  Given that all 113 NA families are included, it may be difficult to locate a particular family of interest, so I here include a brief listing of major families.  Families containing the most species are in Bold Type.

ADEPHAGA (Families 2-9)
       Cicindelidae, Carabidae, Haliplidae, Dytiscidae, Gyrinidae
        Hydrophilidae, Silphidae, Staphylinidae
        Dryopidae, Elmidae
        Lampyridae, Cantharidae, Lycidae
        Cleridae, Melyridae
        Nitidulidae, Cucujidae, Erotylidae, Phalacridae, Coccinellidae
        Tenebrionidae, Alleculidae, Melandryidae, Mordellidae, Meloidae, Anthicidae
        Cerambycidae, Chrysomelidae
        Bruchidae, Scolytidae, Curculionidae
1. Family CUPEDIDAE Reticulated Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
2. Family RHYSODIDAE Wrinkled Bark Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
3. Family CICINDELIDAE Tiger Beetles
4. Family CARABIDAE Ground Beetles
5. Family AMPHIZOIDAE Trout Stream Beetles (Not found in Minnesota)
6. Family HALIPLIDAE Crawling Water Beetles
7. Family DYTISCIDAE Predaceous Diving Beetles
8. Family NOTERIDAE Burrowing Water Beetles (not described at CCESR)
9. Family GYRINIDAE Whirligig Beetles
10. Family SPHAERIIDAE Minute Bog Beetles (Not found in Minnesota)
11. Family HYDROSCAPHIDAE Skiff Beetles (Not found in Minnesota)
12. Family HYDROPHILIDAE Water Scavenger Beetles
13. Family LIMNEBIIDAE Minute Moss Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
14. Family GEORYSSIDAE Mud-backed Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
15. Family PTILIIDAE Feather-winged Beetles
16. Family LIMULODIDAE Horseshoe Crab Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
17. Family DASYCERIDAE Minute Scavenger Beetles (Not found in Minnesota)
18. Family LEPTINIDAE Mammal Parasite Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
19. Family LEIODIDAE Round Fungus Beetles
20. Family SCYDMAENIDAE Antlike Stone Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
21. Family SILPHIDAE Carrion Beetles
22. Family LEPTODIRIDAE Small Carrion Beetles
23. Family SCAPHIDIIDAE Shining Fungus Beetles
24. Family STAPHYLINIDAE Rove Beetles
25. Family PSELAPHIDAE Antloving Beetles
26. Family HISTERIDAE Clown Beetles
27. Family SPHAERITIDAE False Clown Beetles (Not found in Minnesota)
28. Family LUCANIDAE Stag Beetles
29. Family PASSALIDAE Bess Beetles (Not found in Minnesota)
30. Family SCARABAEIDAE Lamellicorn Beetles
31. Family EUCINETIDAE Plate-thigh Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
32. Family HELODIDAE Marsh Beetles
33. Family CLAMBIDAE Minute Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
34. Family DASCILLIDAE Softbodied Plant Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
35. Family BYRRHIDAE Pill Beetles
36. Family PSEPHENIDAE Water Penny Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
37. Family BRACHYPSECTRIDAE Texas Beetles (Not found in Minnesota)
38. Family PTILODACTYLIDAE Tow-winged Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
39. Family RHIPICERIDAE Cicada Parasite Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
40. Family CALLIRHIPIDAE Cedar Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
41. Family CHELONARIIDAE Turtle Beetles (Not found in Minnesota)
42. Family HETEROCERIDAE Variegated Mudloving Beetles
43. Family LIMNICHIDAE Minute Marshloving Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
44. Family DRYOPIDAE Longtoed Water Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
45. Family ELMIDAE Riffle Beetles
46. Family BUPRESTIDAE Metallic Woodboring Beetles
47. Family CEBRIONIDAE Robust Click Beetles (Not found in Minnesota)
48. Family ELATERIDAE Click Beetles
49. Family THROSCIDAE False Metallic Woodborer
50. Family CEROPHYTIDAE Rare Click Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
51. Family PEROTHROPIDAE Beech Tree Beetles (Not found in Minnesota)
52. Family EUCNEMIDAE False Click Beetles
53. Family TELEGEUSIDAE Long-lipped Beetles (Not found in Minnesota)
54. Family PHENGODIDAE Glowworms
55. Family LAMPYRIDAE Fireflies
56. Family CANTHARIDAE Soldier Beetles
57. Family LYCIDAE Net-winged Beetles
58. Family MICROMALTHIDAE Telephone Pole Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
59. Family DERODONTIDAE Toothnecked Fungus Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
60. Family NOSODENDRIDAE Wounded Tree Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
61. Family DERMESTIDAE Larder Beetles
62. Family PTINIDAE Spider Beetles
63. Family ANOBIIDAE Death Watch Beetles
64. Family BOSTRICHIDAE Horned Powderpost Beetles
65. Family LYCTIDAE Powderpost Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
66. Family TROGOSSITIDAE Ostomatid Beetles?
67. Family CLERIDAE Checkered Beetles
68. Family MELYRIDAE Softwinged Flower Beetles
69. Family LYMEXYLIDAE Ship Timber Beetles
70. Family NITIDULIDAE Sap Beetles
71. Family RHIZOPHAGIDAE Root-eating Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
72. Family CUCUJIDAE Flat Bark Beetles
73. Family SPHINDIDAE Dry Fungus Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
74. Family CRYPTOPHAGIDAE Silken Fungus Beetles
75. Family LANGURIIDAE Lizard Beetles
76. Family EROTYLIDAE Pleasing Fungus Beetles
77. Family PHALACRIDAE Shining Flower Beetles
78. Family CERYLONIDAE Minute Bark Borers (Not described at CCESR)
79. Family CORYLOPHIDAE Minute Fungus Beetles
80. Family COCCINELLIDAE Ladybird Beetles
81. Family ENDOMYCHIDAE Handsome Fungus Beetles
82. Family LATHRIDIIDAE Minute Brown Scavengers
83. Family BIPHYLLIDAE False Skin Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
84. Family BYTURIDAE Fruitworm Beetles
85. Family MONOMMATIDAE Opossum Beetles (Not found in Minnesota)
86. Family CEPHALOIDAE False Longhorn Beetles
87. Family TENEBRIONIDAE Darkling Beetles
88. Family ALLECULIDAE Comb-clawed Beetles
89. Family LAGRIIDAE Long-jointed Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
90. Family SALPINGIDAE Narrow-waisted Bark Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
91. Family MYCETOPHAGIDAE Hairy Fungus Beetles
92. Family CIIDAE Minute Tree Fungus Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
93. Family COLYDIIDAE Cylindrical Bark Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
94. Family PYROCHROIDAE Fire-colored Beetles
95. Family OTHNIIDAE False Tiger Beetles (Not described at CCESR)
96. Family PROSTOMIDAE Jugular-horned Beetles (Not found in Minnesota)
97. Family OEDEMERIDAE Pollen-feeding Beetles
98. Family MELANDRYIDAE False Darkling Beetles
99. Family MORDELLIDAE Tumbling Flower Beetles
100. Family RHIPIPHORIDAE Wedge-shaped Beetles
101. Family MELOIDAE Blister Beetles
102. Family ANTHICIDAE Antlike Flower Beetles
103. Family PEDILIDAE False Antlike Flower Beetles
104. Family EUGLENIDAE Antlike Leaf Beetles
105. Family STYLOPIDAE Parasitic Beetles
106. Family CERAMBYCIDAE Longhorn Beetles
107. Family CHRYSOMELIDAE Leaf Beetles
108. Family BRUCHIDAE Seed Weevils
109. Family ANTHRIBIDAE Fungus Weevils
110. Family BRENTIDAE Straight-snouted Weevil
111. Family PLATYPODIDAE Ambrosia Beetles (Not found in Minnesota)
112. Family SCOLYTIDAE Bark Beetles
113. Family CURCULIONIDAE Weevils

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