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Flotsam harvesting

Flotsam harvesting
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
April 20, 2007
Here are some of the thousands of small-to-tiny beetles (and a few other tiny arthropods) from the flotsam. I've counted (with help from Boris) representatives of 27 beetle families so far from this source: Anobiidae, Anthicidae, Brentidae, Buprestidae, Byrrhidae, Carabidae, Chrysomelidae, Corylophidae, Cryptophagidae, Curculionidae, Elateridae, Haliplidae, Histeridae, Hydrophilidae, Laemophloeidae, Lampyridae, Languriidae, Latridiidae, Nitidulidae, Phalacridae, Ptillidae, Scarabaeidae, Scirtidae, Scydmaenidae, Staphylinidae, Sylvanidae, and Tenebrionidae.

Scydmaenidae is a new family for me, already well represented on bugguide by Tom Murray and Richard Lareau.

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I've moved these into
Active search and collection equipment and techniques rather than Coleoptera. Did you know that these large group images are large image files? Editors can enlarge them to get a closer look...

...wow...
I'm so jealous. XD
all I can say is... wow...

Cryptophagidae
I've been waiting for a Silken Fungus Beetle to show up in the flotsam harvest and now one has. This makes 27 beetle families now from this source.

Byrrhidae too
Yesterday I found and photographed a couple byrrhids or moss beetles from the flotsam.

 
two families more
I can spot Curculionidae and Brentidae/Apioninae in the sample.

 
I don't know why I ommitted Curculionidae,
they were certainly noticed :-) Thanks, Boris. I think I know which brentid you're referring to also. It's a small grey one that is more weevil-like in appearance. I'll add those families, bringing today's total to 26.

Upon closer inspection, and with further sorting & sifting,
I have been able to add three more beetle families to the tally: Scirtidae, Sylvanidae, and Tenebrionidae. The total stands at 23 families of Coleoptera as of April 29, 2007.

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