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Beetle - Asydates grandiceps

Beetle - Asydates grandiceps
Triunfo Creek Park, Los Angeles County, California, USA
July 23, 2015
Size: 6mmish
This guy turned up in my net while it was on the ground, attracted to the white colour of buckwheat I suppose.
Rather heavy on the front end. Is it some weird Listrini sort of beetle?

I started at it for a while after taking 3 pictures and then it flew off. Should have focused on taking more pictures...

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sweeet....
collect your bugs, James.

Moved from ID Request.

 
I've definitely thought about it
I don't trust myself starting it on my own though. There is help online but not much specifics, don't have any real life contacts in any Arthropod fields unfortunately.

Like with the whole alcohol thing, never found an explanation about that and what alcohol you use and where you get the equipment from.

 
on rare occasions i collect something for my colleagues and simply drop the specimens into grain alcohol bought in a liquor store, but i think 91° isopropyl alcohol (from any drugstore or supermarket) would work just fine short-term (weeks/months?)
i use small-ish plastic test tubes salvaged from the trash in my wife's lab, but of course any vial (preferably screw-capped) will do; the smaller the vial, the less alcohol consumption )))
but seriously, you'll save on both the alcohol and shipping.
i'm sure there is plenty of specific collecting & preservation advice online --and probably on BG forums, too.
bioquip.com is a good place to start for collecting equipment; from my experience, the single most important piece of equipment for collecting small beetles and bugs is an aspirator, and BioQuip has several models; i've never tried any of theirs because those i used were made from scratch by myself to fit my own habits and practices

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