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Red Beetle - Matheteus theveneti - female

Red Beetle - Matheteus theveneti - Female
Placerville, El Dorado County, California, USA
May 8, 2007
Size: 5/8"
On oakleaf hydrangea

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Red Beetle - Matheteus theveneti - female Red Beetle - Matheteus theveneti

I missed this one.
Congratulations on adding a new beetle family to bugguide. We have 24 to go now on our Beetle Family Wish List. I'll mark this one off, with attribution to you. If you want me to use your real name, just let me know. Otherwise it will be just your Web handle.

matheteus thevenetei
Thanks to everyone, and bravo! on the ID of my garden visitor.


Great find.
Thanks to clearcreek´s attentive eyes, and to Jeff´s knowledge, a FAMILY now is represented in bugguide!

I´ll put it on a species page immediately, because the specimen agrees also to the type specimen, and it can´t be another Omethid, comparing subfamily diagnosis in intkey.

This looks like an omethid. See image of Matheteus thevenetei LeConte at bottom of

better color
great reference site, but I like the color in this image much better :)

funny one!
I guess this will turn out to be a Lycid mimic, but from which family?
I think it can be told that it is not a Lycid, because of the rather short antennae, and the "normal" legs (Lycids generally have flattened tibiae, widest in middle).
Another possibility to consider would be: Mely*ridae.

I'd think something in Lycida
I'd think something in Lycidae, certainly something cantharoid.

from the rounded pronotum I would think this something in Lampyridae. There is nothing this red in the guide sofar though and in Lycidae there is Dictyopterus which is all red. I think this is something different though.

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