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Digging Darkling Beetle - Ammodonus fossor

Digging Darkling Beetle - Ammodonus fossor
Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, Canada
May 8, 2004
Size: about 6 mm
On driftwood lying on the sand of Pelee's east beach. This looks similar to the image of Ammodonus fossor taken from this page at U. of Wisconsin. The species isn't listed on the 1991 Checklist of Beetles of Canada and Alaska ( 1 ) but may have been recorded in Canada since that time (?). A PDF doc says A. fossor is a flightless beetle living in isolated sandy habitats in scattered localities from Texas to Wisconsin and Ohio, eastward to New York and the Carolinas.

(Update: Pat Bouchard of Agriculture Canada confirmed the ID and said it was the first record of this species in Canada. I've suggested a common name based on the meaning of the species epithet)

Flightlessness among Tenebrionidae?
Does anyone know how widespread flightlessness is among Tenebrionidae?

Wow
Neat stuff Robin. Sounds like quite a rare species overall, and new for Canada. I'll be keeping an eye open for this species when I visit Pelee this spring. You might want to contact Steve Marshall at the University of Guelph; his lab has done surveys of Pelee insects and he might be interested in this record.

 
contacts
Good ol' U of G - my alma mater. I'm thinking of contacting Steve and Don Sutherland and the staff at Pelee... they may want to try collecting some specimens.
I go to Pelee every Mother's Day; maybe we could meet up and crawl around on the beach looking for bugs (and show the birders what they've been missing all these years).

 
Guelph
Neat! I'm actually at Guelph now, in the last semester of my undergrad (BSc Wildlife Biology). I traditionally go to Pelee on the Mother's Day weekend too, but may not make it that weekend this year. I'll send you an email if meeting up would work.

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