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family unknown - Macropogon piceus

family unknown - Macropogon piceus
Mt. Washington, Coos County, New Hampshire, USA
July 6, 2007
Size: about 6.3 mm
I found this beetle crawling on a rocky trail and thought at first it was a dark clic*k beetle because it held its antennae back alongside the pronotum when I posed a threat to it just as many elate*rids do. However, a closer look through my pocket loupe made me think it was something else.

It has filiform antennae composed of oblong antennomeres except for the first three, which are very bead-like. Its short head/face, coarse vestiture top and bottom, and lack of a clicking mechanism or large palps give me no hints. I could use some help.

This find was one of the many collateral benefits in my Forest Service-approved search for Py*tho str*ictus.

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Moved
Moved from Eurypogon niger.

Moved

Moved
Moved from Beetles.

Artematopodidae
I think Macro*pogon niger, but it has been too long since I've identified specimens in this family.

 
Eureka! I've finally found one :-)
The last one proved to be the melan*dryid Xyl*ita liv*ida, which was a nice find but not the new family I'd hoped for. Thank you very much, Don. That puts me at 82 families so far. I still have 14 to go in New Hampshire alone.

btw, checking the UNH checlist, we apparently have two choices: Eurypogon niger and Macr*opogon ruf*ipes. I'll place my wager on the former. My light arena makes the vestiture seem more pronounced; the beetle was generally black in appearance.

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