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6026132 - Trichochrous varius

6026132 - Trichochrous varius
near MAdera Canyon, Arizona, USA
June 9, 2007
Size: ~1/4"

Moved from Trichochrous.

T. varius
Trichochrous varius or something very close.

Moved from Beetles.

Tricho*chrous comes to mind, but my memory could be faulty in this regard.

That's a large genus in the subfamily Dasytinae.
There are 83 species on the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural history site and those might be just the ones from California.

Or Mely*rid
Somewhat scaly, reflective adpressed hairs is something I have not seen yet in Clerids.

That would fit with being in a blossum.
I'm curious to find out.

Looks like a cler*id to me.
That's a typical posture for them. It's either attacking another beetle or, more likely, mating with a female of its own kind, which you can see beneath it.

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