Ptilodactyla sp.

Toed-Winged Beetle

Genus Ptilodactyla, Toed-winged Beetle photo

Family: Ptilodactylidae

Subfamily: Ptilodactylinae

Length: 4-6 mm


Members of this genus are often attracted to lights, and may also be found on the flowers or leaves of plants growing near water. The male (pictured) has improbably pectinate, or comb-like antennae. Presumably these are used to hone in on pheromones released by the female. Female members of this genus have serrate antennae.

The Toed-Winged Beetle family is a small one, and in northeastern North America there is only one other genus, Anchytarsus. Unlike Ptilodactyla, however, members of the genus Anchytarsus have neither serrate nor pectinate antennae.

For ones peace of mind, it is probably a good idea to refrain from trying to identify members of this genus to species. For that you would need a stereomicroscope, a dissecting kit, a large entomological library, and considerable patience.

Male Ptilodactyla sp. beetle photo


Right: Another male of the genus Ptilodactyla.

Note: This page is both the Ptilodactyla sp. page, and the family page for Ptilodactylidae.

Insects of West Virginia