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small beetle - Stilbus nitidus

small beetle - Stilbus nitidus
Wayland, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
April 9, 2007
Size: ~1.5-2mm

Thanks Don
Winter's great for getting caught up:-)

Stilbus nitidus
Getting some old homework done here.

Moved from Beetles.

Phalacridae family
can´t tell more . . .

most are black/dark, your's is not!
Downie and Arnett state Phalacridae are difficult to ID to species, but the good news here is that most are black or dark brown and your's is not. Stilbus genus appears likely, with Gorginus being the only other possibility (based on light brown color alone!). A good shot of the hind tarsi would tell for sure (I realize we're talking about submillimeter details here). If #1 is longer than #2, then Stilbus, otherwise Gorginus. And a little more detail of the elytra stria or microreticulation toward the apex would help with Stilbus species ID. Stilbus nitidus would be my current guess.

Still, a nice addition to BugGuide :)

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