Canadian Forest Service Publications

The Cantharidae of Eastern Canada and Northeastern United States. 2014. Pelletier, G.; Hébert, C. Can. J. Arthropod Identification, No. 25. 246 pp.

Year: 2014

Available from: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 35423

Language: English

CFS Availability: PDF (request by e-mail)

Available from the Journal's Web site.
DOI: 10.3752/cjai.2014.25

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Plain Language Summary

Cantharidae are an insect family very common in Canadian forests. The adults live on foliage and flowers, where they feed on other insects, nectar and pollen. Some Cantharidae species are involved in the natural control of aphid populations that infest plants, shrubs and trees. They are also indicators of changes in forest conditions, including those caused by natural (fires and insects) and artificial (logging) disturbances.

This article is a synthesis review based on data on this family of insects that were gathered in northeastern North America over the past 20 years. It includes distribution maps as well as data on seasonal occurrence and species habitats. With its images, photographs and sketches, it constitutes a reference tool that will make it easier to identify the various species of Cantharidae.

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