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Reticulated Beetle - Cupes capitatus

Reticulated Beetle - Cupes capitatus
Greenfield, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
August 11, 2005
Size: 6mm
Could this be a checkered beetle, maybe a Cymatodera species? Or maybe some sort of net-winged beetle?

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Reticulated Beetle - Cupes capitatus Reticulated Beetle - Cupes capitatus

Cupedidae
It's a cupedid. This is actually a fairly rare, obscure family (especially in the east). It's in the small suborder Archostemata.

 
neat, possibly Cupes capitatus?
A small family, only four North American species, and --see the guide page. Two of four species have linked images there, do not resemble these photos, and are found in the west. Dillon (1) and others have illustration of Cupes concolor (now Tenomerga cinereus)--it is uniform ashy-brown. That would seem to leave Cupes capitatus. I can't find any illustrations in print or on the web, but this seems rather likely.

Neat photos, and neat identification. Thanks to you both.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

 
Process of elimination
leaves only one option, Cupes capitatus. So I'll put it on that guide page. Thanks for figuring out the species Patrick.

 
Reticulated Beetle
It's the same shape and texture as the other Cupedidae in the guide, but a different species. Thanks for the ID Andrew.

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