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Beetles - Coelocnemis - male - female

Beetles - Coelocnemis - Male Female
Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles County, California, USA
April 8, 2005
Size: 1 1/2 inches
Tenebrionid (darkling) beetles, photographed in Will Rogers State Park

Moved from Darkling Beetles.

This is a mating pair, probably a species of Coelocnemis. They can get quite large, and resemble Eleodes at first glance. I have found Coelocnemis californica in pine forest habitat in eastern Oregon. Don't know the habitat you photographed these in.

These beetles were in a fairly arrid place in Will Rogers Park, just above Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles County. This wasn't a desert area, although I understand these beetles are common in the Namib.

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