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Tenebrionidae - Eleodes sponsa

Tenebrionidae - Eleodes sponsa
Taos County, New Mexico, USA
June 10, 2015


I think quite a few images in the E.obscurus page might be of sponsa... How exactly can you tell the difference?

Most are E. obscura dispersa
Eleodes obscura has several forms, including a scabrous one:

E. obscura has a larger, more convex and shining pronotum, and the 1st protarsomere is thickened underneath.

E. sponsa is closely related to E. hispilabris, and has the more constricted prononotum and more sharply acute anterior angles. It also lacks a thickened probasitarsomere.

Neat, thanks for the info!
Really appreciate it! :)

Moved from Darkling Beetles.

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