We’re enjoying our second rain storm of the season here in Northern California. I hadn’t really thought much about rain beetles this year, but in the past day I’ve had several emails and a couple of phone calls from folks asking about them. So I guess it’s time to start up the thread for another season. Here is the thread from last year
The topic of this thread is Rain beetles
. Think of this thread as a place to discuss your rain beetle forays, encounters, or whatever. This year, let’s try to keep the photos out of the thread proper. Use clickable thumbnails to include rain beetle photos which you’ve already posted to the guide. Any other useful photos, particularly those of habitats, let’s post somewhere else and then include the links in this thread. The Complete Markup Article
has all the information you’ll need for creating clickable thumbnails or links to off-site photos, but feel free to contact me if you’re having difficulty.
BugGuide has photos now for all the described species of Pleocoma
, but is still missing photos of females for many of those species.
Rain beetles can be caught at lights (black lights, mercury vapor, you name it). They can be found floating in puddles or ponds. You can even determine whether you have rain beetles in your area by examining coyote scat. If you live where the rain beetles live, as I do, all you have to do is turn the lights on in your home and open the door before dawn on a rainy morning. The beetles will fly right into your house!