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Beetle - Cimberis

Beetle - Cimberis
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
February 6, 2004
I put this in with the snout beetles because it has a "snout" But I'm pretty sure that's not right based on the antenna. So?

not enough detail to tell species
Moved from Cimberis elongata.


thanks for moving others, Lynette!

must be Cimberis elongata (LeConte, 1876)

This could be a salpingid. I am not familiar with the other family mentioned by the other respondent.

Eric- I thought this might

I thought this might be a salpingid myself and compared the photo with our specimens here. The closest match in our collection would be with the genus Rhinosimus (of which there are several good images found by doing a google image search). However, species of Rhinosimus are glabrous with linear punctations on the elytra while this beetle appears to be weakly pubescent and lacking noticable elytral punctations. Likewise, the pronotum of Rhinosimus is noticably broadest anteriorly whereas the pronotum on this critter appears to be more or less uniformly convex.

I looked at our Nemonychidae (also known as Rhinomaceridae or more usually as an aberrant subfamily of Curculionidae), and this critter is spot on for color, shape, time of year, and locality for the genus Cimberis. Again, I wouldn't bet the farm, but I'm fairly confident that that is what this critter is.



Cimberis sp. ?

I can't be absolutely sure, but given the photo and the locality, I'd say this is one of potentially several species of Cimberis (Nemonychidae). They are very rarely collected and are associated with the male flowers of different species of pines, very often early in the season.

Nice beetle!



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