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Species Fact Sheet
Carpophilus brachypterus (Say, 1825)

Figure 1. Male dorsal and ventral habitus

Diagnosis: Carpophilus brachypterus specimens are distinguished from other eastern North American species by having the following combination of features: body convexity flattened (fig. 2), antennomere coloration unicolorous throughout antenna, ratio of eye width at widest point in dorsal view to intraocular distance at narrowest point between 1:4 and 1:9, pronotum posterior angles broadly rounded with no distinct ‘corner’ created, and posterior rim of mesocoxal cavities smooth, not forming axillary space.

Distribution: Carpophilus brachypterus is found in eastern North America from Nova Scotia to North Carolina and west from Manitoba to Kansas.

Biology: Collected from a variety of flowers, stored grains, recently cut hardwoods, and decaying fruit (Pellitteri and Boush 1983; Bousquet 1990; Price and Young 2006).

Bousquet Y (1990) – association with stored grain
Connell WA (1956) – adult description and key to adults
Pellitteri P, Boush GM (1983) – association with stored grain
Price MB, Young DK (2006) – feeding habits and association with stored grain

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DiLorenzo, C.L., G.S. Powell, A.R. Cline, and J.V. McHugh (2021) Carpophiline-ID, a taxonomic web resource for the identification of Carpophilinae (Nitidulidae) of eastern North America. (vers. 01.19.2021) University of Georgia, retrieved fromĀ