Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Coleoptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

(Variant) Drilidae (females)

General appearance. Beetles not luminescent.

Detailed morphology. Labrum mostly membranous or only very lightly sclerotized. Antennae very short (females); filiform (moniliform, females).

The pronotum without lateral keels. Scutellum highly reduced. The fore-leg coxae attached externally, in the absence of procoxal cavities. The mid-leg coxae attached externally, in the absence of mesocoxal cavities. Hind-leg coxae widely separated; not markedly extended laterally. The penultimate segment distinctly shorter than the antepenultimate one.

Elytra absent (females). Wings absent or much reduced (females). Abdominal sternites 9 (females).

Illustrations. • Drilus flavescens, male and female (with unrelated taxa): Fowler 4, 116 (1890). • Fowler 4, 116 (1890): original legend.. • Drilus flavescens (Rye & Fowler).


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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Coleoptera. Version: 16th May 2016. delta-intkey.com’.

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