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Photo#14553
Silvanid Flat Bark Beetle Hanging Out with a Snail - Uleiota dubia

Silvanid Flat Bark Beetle Hanging Out with a Snail - Uleiota dubia
Near Ruraldale, Upshur County, West Virginia, USA
April 5, 2005
Size: 4.75 mm
This small beetle was found hanging out under bark. Only when I looked at the picture later did I notice the tiny tiny snail beside him.

Uleiota is my best determination for genus. Corrections appreciated. There seems to be a hook or spur on the front sides of the pronotum near where pronotum meets head. Uleiota was formerly called Brontes if I am not mistaken. Do an internet search on Brontes and you find lots of information about literature!

I've got pix of U. debilis an
I've got pix of U. debilis and I note differences from yours. I'd say yours is U. dubious. Same out-turned points at front of pronotum, more squared-off posterior, similar coloration to description in Dillon & Dillon.

 
I belatedly agree
I was slow in getting back to this. I agree, the lighter edges of the elytra, the stronger hook and serrations on the pronotum, and the lack of yellowish hairs, point to U. dubious.

I've made a guide page and am moving the image.

--Stephen

Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV
www.stephencresswell.com

You're right
Brontes is indeed a synonym.

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