Melyridae (predators)

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Collops sp.
Author: Robert Webster
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Melyridae (predators) - (soft-winged flower beetles)

This family of small (up to 10 mm long) and soft-bodied beetles includes around 500 species. They are widely distributed and are common in tropical regions. Several species are useful natural enemies of pest insects, preying on aphids, whiteflies or small caterpillars.

Both larvae and adults are predators, The adults also feed on pollen and are often found on flowers. The larvae live on the ground while the adults are found on plants and are of interest as natural biological control agents of small insect pests. For example, Collops vittatus is regarded as a useful general predator of cotton pests in North America.

The following genera and individual species are currently entered into the system: