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Offline SwampDonkey

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Insect Identification
« on: June 12, 2011, 08:31:51 AM »
Here's one up Tom's alley. I happened to glance down at the floor this morning to see a tiny spot moving. And I mean tiny. Here is a picture and the scale is mm's.

I went to my insect guide by Peterson and have determined it's a sap beetle. I keyed it out by the 3 segmented club antenna still in tact (one), body shape, legs and fore wing pattern. I don't know the species, but it's from the family Nitidulidae I believe.

The next closest relative would be a pleasing fungus beetle (family Erotylidae), but the antennae rule them out.

I tried my 10x lens to look at it, but it's not near strong enough. So I used my camera on macro and 17x lens with 3x zoom and flash off and used a lamp for light.
Move'n on.

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Re: Insect Identification
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2011, 12:32:05 PM »
Another species of sap beetle I believe. This one has it's antenna tucked in, but I could see them with a lens. He was still alive.

Move'n on.

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