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beetle - Pedilus flabellatus - male

beetle - Pedilus flabellatus - Male
Redway, Humboldt County, California, USA
August 1, 2007
Size: 5.5mm
Came inside house to light at night.

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beetle - Pedilus flabellatus - male beetle - Pedilus flabellatus - male

Moved from Pedilus.

Pedilus sp.
Thanks Don, Boris, and Jim. Here is a similar one at the SBMNH. There sure are a lot of species in this genus in CA!

Very similar.
I suppose yours could be a little on the teneral side, accounting for color difference, but what is a teneral doing flying (or walking) around? Michael Caterino has some familiarity with this family and might tip you off on ID.

Pedilus flabellatus
Mike gave me a tentative id and told me to ask Dan Young, who gave me the same id: Pedilus flabellatus.
Here is the type specimen at MCZ.

Did either say if it was a male

It's a male.

Pedilus sp.
I am fairly sure that the males of a few species have flabellate antennae.

I suggest
family Pyrochroidae, but unsure a bit.

That was my thought also. A male.
Clearly it is not Dendroides due to the eye spacing but three other bugguide genera have wide-set eyes like this one's. The antennae seem fleshier than in other pyros but I can't think what else it might be. There are western species such as Neopyroc*hroa calif*ornica and N. sierra*ensis that, until now maybe, have not appeared in bugguide or elsewhere that I've found. However, the small size of this one (plus the pectinate antennae) makes me wonder if there might be a western Schiz*otus.

(later) I see Don has beat me to it. Here's a checklist of Californian Pyrochroidae that includes many species of Pedi*lus. And I see no Schiz*otus on the checklist.


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