Sericoderus lateralis (Gyllenhal)

Majka, Christopher G. & Cline, Andrew R., 2006, New Records of Corylophidae (Coleoptera) from the Maritime Provinces of Canada, The Coleopterists Bulletin 60 (2), pp. 105-111: 108-109

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Sericoderus lateralis (Gyllenhal)


Sericoderus lateralis (Gyllenhal)  

NOVA SCOTIA: Cape Breton County: Sydney , 5 October 2003, C.W. D’Orsay, mixed forest, CBU   ; Kings County: Kentville , 10 August 2005, D.H. Webster, compost, DHWC   ; Pictou

County: Lyons Brook, 26 August 2002, E. Georgeson, NSNR   .

In Canada recorded from British Columbia and Québec ( Campbell 1991); in the U.S.A. scattered records from Maine ( Chandler 2001) and Massachusetts south to Florida and west to Washington (Downie and Arnett 1996). This is an adventive Palearctic species, which in Europe is broadly distributed across the continent ( Freude et al. 1971). Bowestead and Leschen (2002) report that members of Sericoderus   feed on Hypomycetes and Zygomycetes and can be found in bird and caterpillar nests. In Nova Scotia found feeding on moldy corncobs in a compost heap. In Europe it occurs, often in very large numbers, on moldy plant remains in warm places, especially garden compost and grass cuttings ( Bowestead 1999).

This species was first reported in North America in Oregon in 1949 (as Arthrolips decolor (LeConte))   in the nest of a woodrat (Walters and Roth 1950). Meagre past collecting for this family makes it difficult to establish if this species has recently spread to the province or if it has existed undetected for some time. Newly recorded in Nova Scotia.

Orthoperinae   Orthoperus suturalis LeConte  

NEW BRUNSWICK: Albert County: Mary’s Pt. , 12 August 2004, sea shore, C.G. Majka, CGMC   . NOVA SCOTIA: Cape Breton County: Sydney Tar ponds, 16–22 July 1996, P.A. Rankin, CBU   ; Guysborough County: George Lake , 15–30 June 1997, D.J. Bishop, NSMC   ; Malay Lake , 2–15 June 1997, D.J. Bishop, NSMC   ; Halifax County: Moser lake , 1–16 July 1997, D.J. Bishop, NSMC   ; Hants County: Little Armstrong Lake , 14 May–2 June 1997, D.J. Bishop, NSMC   ; Armstrong Lake , 2–15 June 1997, D.J. Bishop, NSMC   ;

Kings County: Coldbrook , 30 June 2002, C.G. Majka, 3 specimens, CGMC   ; Kentville , 15 November 2002, D.H. Webster, DHWC   ; Queens County: Kejimkujik National Park , 15 August 2001, B. Wright, 2 specimens, NSMC   ; Alma Lake , 22 May 2003, P. Dollin, NSMC   ; Yarmouth County: Quinlan : Coldstream Rd., 19 July 1993, J. & T. Cook, JCC   .

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Queens County: Pinette , 24 June 2003, C.G. Majka, 4 specimens, CGMC   ; Millvale: Trout River , 25 June 2003, C.G. Majka, 4 specimens, CGMC   ; Harrington , 25 July 2005, M.E.M Smith, ACPE   .

In Canada recorded from Ontario ( Campbell 1991); in the United States from New York, Michigan, and Florida (Downie and Arnett 1996). Newly recorded in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island . Collected from sphagnum bogs, red spruce ( Picea rubens Sarg.   ) forests of all ages, and deciduous forests by sweep and car netting and with flight-intercept traps   .


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