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Soldier Beetle - Podabrus frater

Soldier Beetle - Podabrus frater
Dacula, Georgia, USA
June 30, 2000

Podabrus frater --det. G. Pelletier
Moved from Podabrus rugosulus.

Moved to guide, Podabrus cf. rugosulus
Troy, this identification looks pretty good, based on the illustration in Dillon and the abundance in the NCSU collection. Stephen Creswell has a photo of what looks like the same thing from Virginia. Seems logical to put them side-by-side. (If you feel this is not justified, of course, feel free to counter what I've done. It's hard to know how to cover this sort of situation the best.)

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

Got to be Podabrus rugosulus!
This looks quite close to an illustration in Dillon and Dillon:
Plate XXVI #14, Podabrus rugosulus. They say size 7-8 mm. "Black; front of head and sides of pronotum dull orangish." Looking at the full-size image, I see the hint of orange on the front of the head.

Aha!, it is the most common Podabrus in the NCSU collection, with 110 pinned. I've noticed that common Piedmont species are abundant in that collection--this probably represents the work of the Brimley brothers, etc., who basically founded that museum and were based in Raleigh, NC.

This is looking good. I don't see any images of that species on the web, unfortunately.

Trying to learn a few in this group!

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