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Photo#1507875
Tiny Beetle

Tiny Beetle
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
April 6, 2018
Size: 1.46mm
I found this beetle on my nose. I thought it was a speck of dirt, but it turned out to be a beetle. I'm not sure if I killed it, but I held it firmly between finger and thumb until I found a container. I did not measure it, but those pink ridges are the ridges of my palm print. I calculated the size by using the image frame as a reticle, and assuming image frame is 36mm/5 = 7.2mm using a Canon 5DS with MPE-65 at 5x

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Frassed
Moved from Beetles.

Maybe Anthribidae?
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Allandrus populi, i suspect
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My computer is currently in t
My computer is currently in the shop. When I get it back, I will process a focus stack of this beetle to get some better pictures.

 
Range seems wrong
The range in the guide doesn't seem to include Texas. Furthermore, it is stated food source is aspens. The closest thing to aspens here is cottonwoods. The nearest cottonwood to where I found this beetle is about half a mile away.

 
I would agree with
Anthribidae. Probably Choragus. I see these quite a bit. Our interns often mistake them for bark beetles.

 
I was looking at Choragus ear
I was looking at Choragus earlier. I didn't find any pictures with hairs between the thorax and elytra like in my pictures. Perhaps that's just from an unnatural separation in my specimen?

 
As you said, you held it firmly between finger and thumb.
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Looks right except almost all
Looks right except almost all the ones I see have some pattern or light coloring. This one is entirely black.

I'm guessing it's in Bostrich
I'm guessing it's in Bostrichoidea.

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