Baeocrara is a genus of featherwing beetles named because of the intricate structure of their flight wings, which have a long fringe of hairs on their borders. They belong to the Ptiliidae family, and are minute: between 1 and 0.5 mm. They are mostly found in hollow fir stumps and other types of rotten wood, dung and plant detritus. They feed on fungal spores.[1] They seem to be recent immigrants to Northern Europe possibly introduced by the import of sawmill products.[2] They have been reported in the Czech Republic.[3] They are one of the least known groups in the Coleoptera.[4]

Baeocrara
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Baeocrara variolosa
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  1. ^ "REPORTS FROM SUFFOLK RECORDERS: Coleoptera - Beetles" Archived 2008-12-04 at the Wayback Machine www.boxvalley.co.uk. Retrieved 23 November 2008
  2. ^ "The first European records of the pantropical genus Bambara VUILLET, and a review of the immigrant featherwing beetles in Europe"[permanent dead link] Vienna Coleopterists Society. Retrieved 23 November 2008
  3. ^ "New records of Ptiliidae (Coleoptera) from the Czech Republic 2001" Archived 2009-01-24 at the Wayback Machine University of Prague. Retrieved 23 November 2008
  4. ^ "Common name: featherwing beetles, scientific name: (Insecta: Coleoptera: Ptiliidae)" University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Retrieved 23 November 2008

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