Androchirus erythropus

Comb-Clawed Beetle

Androchirus erythropus photo, Comb-Clawed Beetle

Family: Tenebrionidae

Subfamily: Alleculinae

Length: 9-10 mm


Sometimes Comb-Clawed Beetles are considered a separate family, Alleculidae, but current wisdom is that they make up a subfamily of Tenebrionidae, the Darkling Beetles.

The species shown here is one of only two in the genus that occur in America north of Mexico.

Members of this group are often found under bark, and sometimes on flowers. Some species will fly to lights.


Androchirus erythropus, lateral view image

Insects of West Virginia