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Photo#241346
tiny black border beetle - Phalacrus

tiny black border beetle - Phalacrus
Bentsen-RGV State Park, Mission, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
August 12, 2008
Size: ~2-3 mm
At lights near old visitors center just south of the levee...

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tiny black border beetle - Phalacrus tiny black border beetle - Phalacrus

Moved

a phalacrid
that's as far as this pic will ever allow to go

 
Actually...
With pix and location, I can take it at least to subfamily!!! (1)

 
never knew they have subfamilies, too...
i might think of one for myself

 
Not in Phaenocephalinae...
...so must be Phalacrinae. There will be a proper subfamily classification before long. I suppose I could find room for a "Belovinae".

Actually, there are two useful (if barely apparent) characters I can glean from this photo: 1) the large size of the scutellum, the apex of which (correct me if you think I'm wrong) has a tiny reflection and 2) the length of the 11th antennomere in relation to the 9th and 10th. These are sure signs you have a Phalacrus.

 
Dang, that's a cute little be
Dang, that's a cute little beetle! ;)

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