Mordellidae

Pronunciation:  [More·DELL·i⋅dae]

Common Name:  Tumbling Flower Beetles

Description:  Mordellid beetles are commonly found feeding in the flower heads of composites.   They have a distinctive, humpbacked body shape with a long, pointed abdomen that extends behind the elytra.   The head is bent down and held below the body.    In most species the body is covered with a dense coat of hair or scales.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Wedge-shaped body covered with hair or scales
  2. Long, pointed abdomen extends beyond elytra
  3. Antennae 11-segmented;  sawtoothed on segments 5-11

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Order:  Coleoptera