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Schizopus laetus - male

Schizopus laetus - Male
San Bernardino County, California, USA
June 3, 2005
Have no idea what this is. thought it was a buprestid at first, but I don't think so.

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Schizopus laetus - male Schizopus laetus - male Schizopus laetus - male Schizopus laetus - male Schizopus laetus - male Schizopus laetus - male Schizopus laetus - male

The dark, all metallic ones are females


Wow!! A new beetle family, that's so cool! I've never even seen a picture of a False Jewel-Beetle! As Jim says, any info you could provide about this specimen would be greatly appreciated!

New Family for bugguide! Schizpodidae
This appears to be one of the False Jewel Beetles, having an extreme southwestern US range. Next to nothing is known of their natural history.

William, please try to get a good shot of the underside of this beetle showing its wide metepisternum. You can stick the head of the pin into a small lump of modeling clay to hold it upright for the shot. If you can get a larger image showing the deeply lobed fourth tarsomere, that would be useful as well.

Anything you can recall about the circumstances of the find would be helpful since so little is known of their natural history.

Thats awesome! well I thought
Thats awesome! well I thought somthing this beautiful would have been added to the guide, its quite a gaudy creature. I'll try and get some better shots. Thanks Jim.

We're knocking off the non-posted beetle families one by one :-)

Maybe size and circumstances
would yield a clue. (Did it come to lights, crawl out of the water, emerge from a coyote melon?)

its about 14mm.
its about 14mm.

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