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ant-like leaf beetle - Emelinus melsheimeri - male

ant-like leaf beetle - Emelinus melsheimeri - Male
Webster Village, Harford County, Maryland, USA
July 29, 2018
Size: 2.1 mm
Attracted to MV lamp / blacklight left on overnight in rural residential neighborhood dominated by hardwoods (liriodendron, maple, oak, sweet gum). Antenna, size and zigzag pattern on elytra make me think perhaps Emelinus melsheimeri???


Moved from Beetles.

Emelinus melsheimeri male is similar.

A better suggestion
This is definitely closer than my suggestion...

Yes, Ken. Members of the genus Ptilinus range from 3-6 mm, whereas this beetle is only 2.1 mm. Plus this beetle has larger hind femora than those in Ptilinus.

Death-watch Beetle?
The antennae make me think of some of the death-watch beetles in the Ptilinae.

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