Alobates pennsylvanica

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Alobates pennsylvanica
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Tenebrionidae
Genus: Alobates
A. pennsylvanica
Binomial name
Alobates pennsylvanica
(De Geer, 1775)
Alobates pensylvanica, False Mealworm Beetle

Alobates pennsylvanica is a species of beetle whose common name is false mealworm beetle. The species is black, has a pronotum that is nearly square, and has at least five rows of fine punctures on each elytra. False mealworm beetles live beneath bark and logs and are found throughout the United States. They have a life span of one year.[1]

Some aquariums use the larvae as fish food.[2] Unlike many other tenebrionids, the larvae are light white and slightly more moisture dependent.


  1. ^ "Species Alobates pennsylvanica - False Mealworm Beetle". Bug Guide. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  2. ^ Arnett, Jr., Dr. Ross H.; Jacques Jr, Dr. Richard L. (1981). Simon & Schuster's Guide To Insects. New York, New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 147.