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Stelidota?  Yes! - Stelidota octomaculata

Stelidota? Yes! - Stelidota octomaculata
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
June 1, 2006
Size: 3 mm
Taken from dung-baited pitfall along with four dung beetles (O. orphe*us). To me, the most remarkable thing about this small sap beetle is the striated elytra -- not too common among nitidulids. This leads me to speculate that it might belong in genus Steli*dota. Another feature worth noting is the narrowness of the antennal club.

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Stelidota?  Yes! - Stelidota octomaculata Steli*dota sp? - Stelidota octomaculata Steli*dota sp? - Stelidota octomaculata

Stelidota octomaculata (Say)
According to Andrew Cline, this is the same species I posted last year. The markings on some of these are so soft, blurry, and variable that, unless you know what traits are important, there is much to be undecided about. Happily, Andrew Cline is willing to identify them for us.

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