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Species Eleodes armata - Armored Darkling Beetle

Darkling beetle exhibiting headstand defense posture - Eleodes armata large black darkling beetle - Eleodes armata US version of Onymacris unguicularis - Eleodes armata Desert Stink Beetle - Eleodes armata Eleodes? - Eleodes armata Tenebrionid - Eleodes armata Mojave Beast - Eleodes armata Female, Eleodes armata? - Eleodes armata - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Tenebrioninae
Tribe Amphidorini
Genus Eleodes (Desert Stink Beetles)
No Taxon (subgenus Eleodes)
Species armata (Armored Darkling Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eleodes armatus
Explanation of Names
Eleodes armata LeConte 1851
24-35 mm(1)
CA-NV-AZ (map)(2); in CA, warmer, drier regions(1)
active year round; peak in fall(1)
nocturnal during summer, active during the day during cooler season(1)

The gender of Eleodes is feminine (3), so adjectivic species names end -is or -a, not -um.
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Beetles of California
Arthur V. Evans and James N. Hogue. 2006. University of California Press.
2.Smith A.D. tenebrioniDBase
3.Catalogue of Tenebrionidae (Coleoptera) of North America
Yves Bousquet, Donald B. Thomas, Patrice Bouchard, Aaron D. Smith, Rolf L. Aalbu, M. Andrew Johnston, Warren E. Steiner Jr. 2018. ZooKeys 728: 1-455.