Tumbling Flower Beetles


Summary 6

Mordellidae is a family of beetles commonly known as tumbling flower beetles for the typical irregular movements they make when escaping predators, or as pintail beetles due to their abdominal tip which aids them in performing these tumbling movements. Worldwide, there are about 1500 species.

SoCal Status 7

Known Species per The California Beetle Database .
Mordella albosuturalis
Mordella grandis
Mordella hubbsi
Mordellistena aspersa
Mordellistena comata
Mordellistena nubila
Mordellistena sericans
Mordellistena unicolor
Mordellistena vilis

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  1. (c) Miroslav Fiala, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.biolib.cz/IMG/GAL/94238.jpg
  2. (c) Scott Cox, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND), http://www.flickr.com/photos/35917634@N05/4764971361
  3. (c) Don Loarie, some rights reserved (CC BY), https://www.flickr.com/photos/loarie/14084627939/
  4. (c) Valter Jacinto, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1209/4727705319_323cd42589.jpg
  5. (c) Stanislav Krejčík, some rights reserved (CC BY), https://www.biolib.cz/IMG/GAL/89666.jpg
  6. Adapted by BJ Stacey from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordellidae
  7. (c) BJ Stacey, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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