- ItemOpen AccessInsects of Western North America 14. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Colorado(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2023-01-02) Bright, Donald E., author; Kondratieff, Boris C., author; C.P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity, publisherA checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Colorado has been compiled mainly from published records, from specimens in the C. P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity at Colorado State University and from specimens in other major collections in the United States. The list contains the scientific name of beetle species and the counties in Colorado where the species has been recorded. Ninety-one families of beetles, including more than 1260 genera and over 3500 species are also included.
- ItemOpen AccessInsects of Western North America 13. A brief synopsis of the weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) of Colorado, U. S. A.(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2022-02-10) Bright, Donald E., author; C.P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity, publisherThis is the first checklist or catalog of the Curculionidae of Colorado since Wickham’s (1902) Catalog of the Coleoptera of Colorado. Wickham listed about 250 species of Curculionidae from the state. Currently 598 species in 175 genera of Colorado weevils and bark beetles are herein listed with information regarding their distribution within the state when the information was available. More than one hundred new records for the state are recorded.
- ItemOpen AccessInsects of Western North America 11. Bioluminescent behavior of North American firefly larvae (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) with a discussion of function and evolution(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2019-03-10) Buschman, Lawrent L., author; C.P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity, publisherObservations were made on the ecology, natural history, and glowing behavior of five North American species of firefly larvae, two Pyractomena LeConte, two Photuris LeConte, and one Photinus Laporte. These observations focused on response and periodic glowing. Response glows were long-lasting glows produced by resting/hiding larva in response to a threatening stimulus. Periodic glows were short spontaneous glows produced by actively crawling larva. Durations of three short periodic glowers averaged 0.8 to 3.5 seconds with a duty cycle of 30 to 46%. Durations of five long periodic glowers averaged 4.1 to 6.5 seconds with a duty cycle of 40-52%. Larvae started glowing ca. 1 hr. after sunset and glowed all night until about 20 minutes before sunrise. Some 72-87% of periodic glows were produced during locomotion. Glowing and locomotion were significantly affected by time in the laboratory and by feeding status. Larvae seemed to switch between response and periodic glowing as though these were two alternative physiological conditions. When firefly larvae were crawling and glowing periodically, the first defensive response to disturbance was to freeze and stop glowing periodically. When similar larvae were hiding the first response to disturbance was to glow responsively. Response glowing appears to be part of a package of defensive behaviors that includes: nocturnal activity, camouflage, freezing or fleeing, response glowing, and emitting defense chemicals. Periodic glowing appears to be part of a second package of defensive behaviors that includes: nocturnal activity, camouflage, stopping periodic glowing, and freezing or fleeing. Glowing of firefly larvae did not seem to be involved in prey capture or feeding. The interaction between larvae and ants was unexpectedly non-hostile, as though larvae had chemicals to pacify ants. Vertebrate predators were probably the driving force in the evolution of aposematic defenses. No evidence was found to support any of the non-defensive functions for bioluminescence in firefly larvae. The function of bioluminescence in firefly larvae can best be understood in the context of the evolution of bioluminescence. The forces that may have driven the evolution of bioluminescence may still be active in modern firefly larvae.
- ItemOpen AccessInsects of Western North America 5. Survey of selected insect taxa of Fort Sill, Comanche County, Oklahoma. Pt. 1, Selected Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera, and Orthoptera(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2006) Kondratieff, B. C. (Boris C.), author; Opler, Paul A., author; Schmidt, Jason P., author; Buckner-Opler, Evi, author; Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity, Colorado State University, publisher
- ItemOpen AccessInsects of Western North America 1. A survey of the Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) or longhorned beetles of Colorado(Colorado State University. Libraries, 1998) Heffern, Daniel J., author; Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity, Colorado State University, publisherThe purpose of this publication is to provide an account of the longhorned beetles of Colorado, to present new distributional records and to bring pertinent literature records together. One hundred ninety-three species and subspecies in 88 genera are listed, including thirty-eight new state records. The overall species distributions and host plants are included to provide an understanding of the zoogeography and possible origins of the species in the state. All available county records are included from the major institutional collections in Colorado, literature records, and numerous private collections. Previous literature citations for species not occurring or unlikely to occur in Colorado are discussed. Hyperplatys montana Casey is considered a valid species and removed from synonymy with H. aspersa (Say). Neoclytus ascendens LeConte is considered a synonym of N. leucozonus leucozonus (Castelnau & Gory).